Summer STEAM camps available for grades five through 11
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MARTIN, Tenn. — Students entering grades five through 11 can participate in one of two STEAM camps at the University of Tennessee at Martin this summer. STEAM camps combine science, technology, engineering and mathematics with art and replace the UT Martin STEM camps held in previous years.
STEAMing Past STEM Camp for rising fifth through eighth-grade students will be held June 5-9, and UT Martin Summer STEAM Camp for rising ninth through 11th-grade students will be held June 12-16. Both camps will meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the UT Martin main campus. Registration is $45 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and all necessary supplies. All students should bring a sack lunch on each day of activities.
Campers will participate in a weeklong space mission to the planet “Zork,” where they will construct a spacecraft and other transportation equipment, build new communications devices to contact loved ones back on Earth and find ways to entertain themselves in space.
Activities include the investigation of concepts in chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics using analytical instruments; the application of technology to solve engineering challenges; the use of computer applications to create new animations; and the creation of artistic media to reflect the camp theme.
Participants will race carbon dioxide-powered vehicles and rockets as well as compete for the best cartoon series, animated video, computer game and performance piece awards.
Dr. Louis Glover, UT Martin assistant professor of education, will direct both camps. Glover joined the UT Martin faculty in 2011 after teaching in Dallas, Texas, where he was a secondary mathematics and science educator. UT Martin students majoring in educational studies will assist Glover with camp administration.
Both UT Martin STEAM Camps are funded in part by the Northwest Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, which reduces the cost of participation per student. The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, of which the Northwest Tennessee hub is a part, is committed to helping Tennessee educators inspire and train the next generation of leaders. It is operated by a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education.
For more information about either STEAM Camp or to register, visit utm.edu/departments/nondegree/martin.php and select the appropriate camp name under the “children and youth” heading.
For assistance, contact Debbie Mount, UT Martin Office of Educational Outreach, at 731-881-7082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(top) A group of campers is shown launching a rocket during one of UT Martin’s 2016 STEM camps. A similar activity will be conducted during the 2017 UT Martin STEAM camps, which have replaced the previously-conducted STEM camps.
(homepage link) A camper is shown constructing a robotic mechanism during a 2016 STEM camp.