UPIKE to host EQT STEM mini camp


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PIKEVILLE – Applications are available for the University of Pikeville’s new STEM Mini Camps. The program is sponsored by the EQT Foundation and will include a series of four two-day camps for students who will be enrolled in fifth through eighth grade in the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 20 years, UPIKE has hosted the Math and Science Day Camp program serving students, offering a quality education experience and hands-on excitement.

“During the past couple of years the number of competing summer programs (band camp, academic offerings, athletic camps/practices, religious retreats, etc.) have seen the population of registered participants drop,” said Robert Arts, Ph.D., professor of education and physics. “As such, we’ve redesigned the camp program to allow more time for focused instruction and flexibility for those wanting to participate. We hope these new offerings will appeal to a wider group of students who are interested in a content-rich experience, offered in a smaller timeframe.”

Fifth- and sixth-grade students can choose between two sessions on Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12. During session one, “Introduction to Engineering: The Mousetrap Glider,” participants will learn about the engineering process including defining a problem, completing research, assessing limited resources, brainstorming and designing, building, testing and redesigning. Students will then design and build a mousetrap glider than must drive off a platform and glide to the floor. In session two, “Astrobiology,” students will create, design and build a model of an alien life form. Activities will include fun-filled experiments, activities and games. Students will learn about astrobiology and how scientists use knowledge of our own planet’s animals and plants to understand what alien life might look like.

Two sessions will be available to seventh- and eighth-grade students on Wednesday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14. During session one, “Creating Computing with Scratch,” students will learn and apply computational concepts and practices, culminating in the creation of a short animated movie. Integrative activities will emphasize the principles of creating, personalizing, sharing and reflecting. Session two will explore “Polymers Around Us.” Campers will learn about polymers, investigate their properties, modify and make their own to keep.

Each session will be limited to 20 students. The registration fee of $50 per session includes all activities, lunch and a camp T-shirt. Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each of the two days. Information and application materials are now available and may be accessed at http://robertarts.upike.edu. All application materials will be completed and submitted online using the links found on the camp website. Volunteer application materials can also be accessed and completed online. For additional information about the EQT STEM Mini Camp at UPIKE, call (606) 218-5476.

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