For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Goode
P: 814-781-3437
Tweens “Create, Innovate and Play” at CEC STEM Camp
This year’s Summer STEM Innovators Camp was a total success, where 30 tweens had the opportunity to explore STEM to the fullest!! Lasting from July 17-20, the camp was coordinated by the Community Education Center DISCOVER partnership and sponsored by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs and PMMI Education and Training Foundation. The week started out with Natalie Aiello from PSU Extension 4H and Victoria Challingsworth from the Elk County Conservation District. Together, they taught us about invasive species and helped us build our own spotted lantern fly traps. Then, John Brennan and Johnny Williams from PSU DuBois taught us about the Engineering Design Process for a spotted lantern fly egg mass collector and we all had the opportunity to tweak the design. On day 2, we took a trip to PSU DuBois where John, Johnny, and Brad Lashinsky gave us a tour of the campus and instructed entrepreneurship, 3D printing, and Alternate and Virtual Reality activities. Part of the day was spent constructing an air car out of a soda bottle and racing them to see whose was fastest! Wednesday kicked off with tours of PC Systems and American Axel Manufacturing Rigdway, where Nick Skok taught us how to code a robot. The afternoon was spent studying buoyancy and hydraulics (a.k.a. going swimming at the St. Marys Community Pool)! Greg Macer from Seneca Highlands IU9 then helped us make our own Rube Goldberg Machines on Thursday morning. Finally, Kaitlyn Goode and Alayna Pesce from the Community Education Center rounded out the week with some mini STEM challenges like stacking cups using only a rubber band and yarn and the human knot. Overall, it was a fantastic week with some incredible scientific kids!


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