Wallace State Community College Hosts STEM Camps for Elementary and High School Students

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HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Wallace State Community College recently hosted two STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camps this summer, welcoming middle and elementary school students to campus.

Camp participants were introduced to the college’s 3D printing lab at Engineering Technology, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program, and competed in a robotic-style competition. The students also deepened their knowledge of mathematics, science and genetics, engaging in activities complementary to each subject. The students present received a certificate of completion at the end of their respective camps.

“It was a great camp. My favorite part was learning genetics and what makes us look and act the way we do, ”said Isaiah Brown of Homewood. “I’m ready to do it again next year.

Isaiah Brown and his brother Isaac are both entering sixth grade at Homewood.

“My mom went to Wallace State, and she’s always interested in finding some memories that we can make here,” Young said. “She loves it here, and it’s worth the trip.”

Terry Ayers, head of the Wallace State computer science department, was among the faculty leaders during both camps.

“The two weeks have been great for all of us. One of the goals is to give students a taste of all we have to offer, so that Wallace State stays on their minds and is a viable option for them as they graduate from high school, ”he said. Ayers said. “It’s a good opportunity to see the careers available to them.

Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics presented certificates to elementary students at closing ceremonies, and Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Beth Bownes-Johnson presented to the college group. Each camp participant also received a lab coat.

“Our faculty has spent a considerable amount of time developing practical and engaging activities that these young people have found both informative and rewarding to prepare them for in any area of ​​the STEM field,” Johnson said.

Wallace State students who helped during the camps included Madalyn Williams, Andrea Hardin, Temperance Chatman, Clayton Strane, Sara Eskew and Harper Chiaranda.

Funding for these camps was provided by a grant from the Perkins Reserve Funds designated to foster innovation in vocational and technical education.

For more information on the State of Wallace, visit www.wallacestate.edu

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Elementary camp participants Briceston Broad, left, and Jacob Yu participate in a genetics exercise during STEM camp.
A trio of college girls work on building a structure using jelly beans and toothpicks during STEM camp.
College kids listen intently to genetics during STEM camp.
College students, including, left to right, Isaac Brown, Tyler Crow, and Isaiah Brown assembled one of the best robots on the final day of STEM Camp 2021.
Elementary students perform the engineering technology exercise.

Pictures:

Genetics exercise: Briceston Broad, left, and Jacob Yu participate in a genetics exercise during STEM camp.

Engineering Tech Elementary Campers: A trio of college girls work on building a structure using jelly beans and toothpicks during STEM camp.

College kids listen intently to genetics during STEM camp.

College students, including, left to right, Isaac Brown, Tyler Crow, and Isaiah Brown assembled one of the best robots on the final day of STEM Camp 2021.

Elementary students perform the engineering technology exercise.

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