Highlights from the 2012 See Blue STEM Camp. Video by Innovate Kentucky.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2013) — The See Blue STEM camp, open to Kentucky students currently in 4th through 7th grades, is currently accepting registrations for its week-long day camp. Students will participate in hands-on projects in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The camp will host current 4th and 5th grade students June 3-7, 2013 and current 6th and 7th grade students June 10-14, 2013, on UK's campus. Registration can be completed online at http://education.uky.edu/STEM/content/seebluestemcamp.
The camp was started in 2010 by Craig Schroeder, a mathematics and science teacher at Beaumont Middle School in Lexington. It is a collaboration between the UK College of Engineering, UK College of Education, and the Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab. The camp is also fortunate enough to be partially funded for this summer by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics.
"My goal would be for them to find something they really enjoy to be their career, something that they’re passionate about," Schroeder said. "I know they have fun during this week, but hopefully they go back and say 'oh that was really exciting, I want to do more in that area.'"
This year's camp will feature UK STEM faculty from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Neurobiology, Biology, Marketing and Supply Chain, Engineering, and STEM Education. The students will also have the opportunity to learn about STEM concepts through the use of LEGORobotics, including a competition at the end of the week.
Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, associate professor of mathematics education in the UK Department of STEM Education, based in the College of Education, says collaboration at UK is key in making the camp a success. "We are excited about the group of faculty and STEM topics this year. The students will be engaged in a variety of STEM areas they do not typically see day-to-day. Our hope is that these students' interests in STEM fields will continue to grow and that they eventually choose a STEM field after high school graduation."