Last updated: July 02. 2014 2:48PM - 291 Views
By Melody Vallieu

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PIQUA — Edison Community College is offering an entertaining and engaging way for students entering grades 8-10 to spend part of their summer vacation. The College will be offering its popular S.T.E.M. Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) July 28-31 at the Piqua campus.

“We’re looking forward to offering this camp to students once again,” said Shirley Moore, dean of Business, Information Technology and Engineering. “It has been tremendously popular in the past!”

Students attending Edison’s S.T.E.M. Camp will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions ranging from computers and web site design to medical technology and crime scene investigation. There will be a two-and-a-half hour session in the morning and one in the afternoon where students can interactively experience a variety of high-tech fields from Edison staff and faculty.

“This camp provides students with a great opportunity to really gain a better understanding of S.T.E.M. fields through hands-on learning,” added Moore. “The need for S.T.E.M. occupations is projected to increase dramatically over the next ten years so it’s important for students to explore these fields now to find out if it’s something they may want to do in the future.”

This year’s camp will feature a session called Take a Bite of Raspberry Pi, which gives students the tools and instruction on how to build a microcomputer, create simple games and use it to stream videos or television. An additional technology session will provide them with opportunity to work with digital cameras and web-based editing tools to learn the basic techniques of photo editing and website design.

A hands–on crime scene investigation session gives students the opportunity to explore a crime scene and learn about evidence collection techniques. Campers will take measurements and draw diagrams to find out what really happened. Another session will teach students to build, program, and compete with robots.

Registration is limited to the first 100 students and is requested by July 15. Registration for daily sessions begins each day at 8 a.m. with one two-and-a-half hour session in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch is provided and the day’s sessions end at 2 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.edisonohio.edu/stemcamp>. Questions regarding Edison’s S.T.E.M. Camp can be directed to Kristi Wildermuth at kwildermuth@edisonohio.edu..

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