Today 120 third graders from Southmont Elementary School in Randolph County are spending the day at Pfeiffer University to participate in a special STEM camp experience.
Last summer, while on campus for an event, Southmont Elementary’s lead third grade teacher noticed that Pfeiffer’s annual STEM camp was in progress—and contacted Dr. Laura Lowder, assistant professor of Education and the camp’s coordinator, to inquire about bringing her students to Pfeiffer for a similar one-day experience during the school year. Teaching for a Title I school—a status determined by the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced lunch—she knew visiting a college campus and engaging in hands-on, summer camp-like STEM activities would be important for many of her students who otherwise might not have an opportunity to do so.
“It’s never too early to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math—or familiarize them to the reality that it is possible to plan for college,” said Dr. Lauder. “After months of collaboration, we’re thrilled to welcome Southmont Elementary’s eager students.”
While on campus, the third graders will utilize the G.A. Pfeiffer Library, Stokes Community Room, Hunger Relief Garden, Harris Greenhouse and Harris Annex. Along with faculty and students from the Division of Education, staff from the Library Francis Center for Servant Leadership, and Office of Admissions contributed to the day's success.