Pfeiffer University’s division of education will offer a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) camps for elementary school (rising K-5) and middle school (grades 6-9) students in summer 2017. All camps will be held on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus.
As technology advances, a larger percentage of workforce careers will be STEM related. However, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career—and only about half of those who pursue a college major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career. Currently, the U.S. is ranked 25th globally in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations.
“Students who show interest in and aptitude for STEM subjects need engaging and challenging hands-on experiences above and beyond what is available to them in their schools to remain interested and prepared for college-level work in these subjects,” said Dr. Laura Lowder, director, STEM camps. “Opportunities during the summer months stimulate learning and inspire a desire to learn more, which is essential for career readiness in the fields that will drive the 21st century.”
Elementary school camps for rising K-5 graders use chemistry, LEGO kits, engineering and hands-on mathematics activities, with a focus on student inquiry, to explore a range of science and math concepts. Options include All-Day Chemistry Magic and LEGO Engineering, Chemistry Magic, LEGO Engineering with Simple Machines, and Critical Thinking and Mathematics.
Middle school camps for grades 6-9 provide real-life, hands-on experiences to support deeper science learning in middle school and high school. Students will participate in labs as well as test and demonstrate a growing understanding of advanced concepts. Camps include Forensic Science/All Girls-Overnight, Chemistry and Forensic Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Dissections.
Fees vary by camp; registering for two or more camps per student comes with a total $20 discount. (The cost of each camp increases by $20 after March 1.) For prices, dates, camp descriptions, and registration, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScv8co4FecEX5oqqnmp5TwvFprJU6wV....
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