Summer Camps Excite Students About STEM

By David Robinson Jr., Assistant Director of Community Engagement

This summer more than 60 students from middle and high school explored science and engineering concepts and careers at residential camps hosted by the Department of Community Engagement. From building model rockets to exploring the ways bacteria spread on surfaces around us, campers learned from UT Dallas faculty and student about the impact of science, technology, engineering and math on our lives.

Urban STEM Camp

The Urban STEM Camp, offered in partnership with Project Still I Rise, Inc., was hosted at UT Dallas from June 3 – 5 for 30 young men from 6th to 9th grade interested in learning more about STEM careers and academic programs. State Farm provided a generous sponsorship to allow campers to participate at no cost. The camp also included volunteers from the National Society of Black Engineers – Lockheed Martin Chapter. The campers also had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Love Field air traffic control tower for a behind-the-scenes tour. UT Dallas faculty and staff also assisted with putting on engaging activities and lectures for participants. The camp culminated with a rocket build and launch competition to see whose rocket could fly highest.

For more pictures from Urban STEM Camp, please visit our Facebook Album.

Future Comets Summer Camp

Students from the Future Comets Program attended the Math Prep & College Readiness Camp from June 10 – 13. The 8th and 9th grade campers participated in math enrichment classes, leadership development workshops, and activities designed to introduce students to STEM careers. The goal of the program is to help students graduate from high school ready to enroll in a rigorous college curriculum and to focus on developing the students’ math skills.

During the summer camp, the students attended either math classes focused on algebra or geometry to give them a jumpstart on the math concepts they will learn this fall when they return to school. This is the second year of the math readiness camp. The students also registered to use free online tutoring from Khan Academy and they participated in STEM hands-on activities. Some of the students also had a chance to explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas on the last day of the camp.

The students will attend monthly Saturday sessions at UT Dallas throughout this upcoming academic year to receive math supplemental support and tutoring. For more information or to recommend a student to enroll in the program, visit the UT Dallas Department of Community Engagement Future Comets Program website.

For more pictures from Future Comets Math Prep & College Readiness Camp, please visit our Facebook Album.