STEM Camps Prove Summer Learning is Fun

Jun 12, 2015

Campers from the 2013 Girl Scouts Power Up camp at ULM show off their camp creations.
Credit ULM

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a time for fun types of learning.

The School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will host two summer camps aimed toward accelerating student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using experiential learning.

The camps include the Girls Scouts Power Up camp, which will take place in George T. Walker Hall on the ULM campus from June 15-19, and the First West-Broaden Horizons STEM camp which will be held at First West Church in West Monroe.

Girl Scouts Power Up:

ULM welcomes the Girl Scouts from the Pines to the Gulf once again for the 2015 Girl Scouts Power Up camp, which highlights STEM initiatives for young girls.

The camp is geared toward upper elementary and middle school student. Campers will enjoy field trips and interactive lessons on energy, science, technology and ecosystems. They will also learn how to build a computer, make recycled paper, and build and launch rockets.

“This year, we focused more closely on the university’s goal to extend collaboration opportunities to include other university departments and community agencies. We reached out to self-regulatory organizations, “STEM Femme Sheroes” from various academic disciplines, and friends of ULM in the community,” said Tiffany Jackson, ULM TEACH project manager and professional development coordinator for the School of Education.

ULM education students will collaborate in leading the camp. By doing so, Jackson believes that students will gain valuable field experience to better prepare them to be innovative and effective educators and community leaders.

First West-Broaden Horizons STEM Camp:

As a community service project, ULM TEACH Project staff members will facilitate lessons at the Broaden Horizons STEM Camp at First Baptist Church in West Monroe.

Campers will enjoy applying STEM principles to solve a murder mystery, create multimedia public service announcements about current events, and build “RoboCars.”

Local law enforcement officers, crime lab workers, and engineers will assist in the camp, which runs from June 15-18, and June 22-25.

For more information about these camps, call the ULM School of Education at 318-342-1266.