Camps get local students engaged with science, technology

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by JORDAN LONGACRE & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 1:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, better known as STEM education, is a critical part of the American Education model. STEM education is now the focus of several summer camps being offered in Spokane.

The idea behind this model is to engage children in discovery and exploratory learning.

On Monday, high school students from several Spokane public high schools attended a camp training session, training to be team leaders for the upcoming camps.  They spent the day working with robotic legos learning how to piece them together and program them to follow a mapped out course.  Once the high school students are trained, they will teach younger kids the basics at several workshop camps throughout the summer.

"This is the world. These are the new jobs: computer science, engineering, bioengineering--those are the new jobs in the economy that are going to be in high demand and so our kids are going to see those things now and know what they have to do to be prepared for those," said Director of Career and Technical Education Lisa White.

Students said working with robotics was a fun way to learn the basics of engineering and math.

"I want to learn more, and I want kids to take an interest in learning robotics and engineering and what it's like to program something and make it move,” said Lewis & Clark high school junior Cooper Brown.

Brown also said this was his first paid summer job and that he was looking forward to doing more like this in the future.

The camps are open to any student in the Spokane area and are held at local middle schools. A field trip to Mobius Science Center is included in every camp registration. For more information or to sign up for the camps, click here.

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