Jamestown Community College's Center for Continuing Education recently hosted its inaugural STEM Camp.
For four days, students between the ages of 10 and 14 explored the mysteries of forensic science, researched the art of natural science, and created mechanical Mars Rovers, all while embracing the STEM elements of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Fifty students participated in this year's STEM Camp. Delana Rupp, JCC assistant director of continuing education, said she was happy with the number of campers.
Students cheer on their robots at “Battle of the ‘Bots’” during Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education’s inaugural STEM Camp.
"It is always rewarding when you see the students' excitement as they learn from the hands-on activities they are engaging in," Rupp said. "During the camp, I witnessed this learning as students extracted DNA from fruit, used field guides to identify the genius and species names of trees, and programmed their LEGO robots to move."
With a special projects grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the cost of attending the camp was greatly reduced. Additionally, Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant provided 10 scholarships for families in need and the Dream It Do It campaign covered half the costs of LEGO robotics software and kits for the How a "Bot" It? Class.