CLARKSDALE –Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summer Camp concluded on Wednesday to the disappointment of the more than two-dozen campers in attendance.
“I had so much fun,” said Mack Williams, a second grader from Sherard Elementary after expressing he wished the camp was longer. “I want to come back next year.”
Williams was among 38 students between the ages of 8 and 11 to embrace learning opportunities during the 3-day camp, hosted June 20-22 on CCC’s campus, thanks to the generous contributions provided by the Nissan Plant of Canton, MS
From creating clay fish and a “Under the Sea” themed mural, to learning multiplication tricks, creating Power Points and assembling lemon-powered clocks—the camp offered an assortment of stimulating STEM and art-related activities designed to keep the youngsters’ brains entertained and enthused throughout the summer.
Mackenzie Newsome, a second-grader at Kirkpatrick Elementary said she enjoyed all of the camp, but her favorite activity was making a 3-D toy.
“It was my first time getting to work with 3-D stuff … it was fun!” she said.
CCC Dean of CTE Anne Shelton-Clark said she’s proud of the success of the camp, which was spearheaded by instructors Melvin “Tony” Newsome and Kimberly Hoskins with support from other CTE faculty and staffers.
“STEM plays a critical role in every job, every home, and every aspect of advanced learning,” said Shelton-Clark. “The integration of STEM disciplines is critical for all students, not just those who are naturally proficient in math and science.”
Judging from the remarks of the students, the camp seems to have successfully met its mission to promote an interest and understanding of STEM disciplines, in hopes of building a pipeline of future professional who will serve in STEM related fields.
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