STEM Camp

Career-Tech Division Hosts STEM Camp

The Career and Technical Education division has recently closed out another mind-stimulating STEM Camp for students ages 8 to 12. Funded by a grant from the automobile brand Nissan, the camp provides students with the opportunity to explore the four complex disciplines and stay in the habit of learning while on their summer break.

Career-Tech Division Hosts STEM Camp

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Jun 17, 2019

STEM Camp - Dr. Newson

The Career and Technical Education division has recently wrapped up another mind-stimulating STEM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students ages 8 to 12. Funded by a grant from the automobile brand Nissan, the camp provides students with the opportunity to explore the four complex disciplines and stay in the habit of learning while on their summer break.

Students have been connecting circuits to make electronic devices that generate small beams of light, air-blowing fans and sound. This year, the camp added on an art component allowing the campers to be creative.

Special Populations Coordinator Dr. Melvin Newson and Career-Tech instructor Kimberly Hollins are serving as Camp Leaders to the 30-plus participants.

“It sparks their imagination and it creates interest in STEM, thereby preparing them to learn more about how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics propels our world,” Newson said of the camp.

The CTE department provided breakfast and lunch along with interactive, hands-on educational classes. This is the fourth year that the department was able to host the summer program.

“Each year we try to out-do the previous year. We look for different activities that will capture their attention. We want them to be both amazed and excited and foremost, we want them to learn,” Newson added.

Newson and Hollins facilitated activities that incorporate science, technology and engineering. The students experimented with watercolor painting and stone wire wrapping with CCC art instructor Geoff Latham. Local elementary school teacher Milton Mosley helped students practice their math skills.

“Hopefully, many of our STEM camp students will choose STEM majors and become mathematicians, scientists, and engineers,” Newson said.

For the pinnacle of the weeklong program, the young participants were treated to a field trip to the Pink Palace Family of Museums. The Memphis attraction has recently completed a two-year $25 million renovation project.