What does a typical week at Ms. STEM Summer Camp LOOK like?
Well, there really is no TYPICAL week at camp because we strive to make each week unique and full of memorable moments. However, there are some common themes that your camper can expect throughout their Ms. STEM experience. We have designed our camps with the GO-SEE-DO model.
Field trips to some of the top Fortune 500 technology companies, high-profile government/education and research institutions (like CISCO, Bank of America, Sage,Federal Reserve,Georgia Tech, Emory and the Center of Disease Control ), and private medical, technology and engineering practitioners around the city(\(\(\(like the Best Medical Specialists according to Atlanta Magazine, local accountants, dentists, physical therapists, etc).
The goal in our field trips is to engage our campers by introducing them to cutting-edge technology, tools, and a "day in the life" of female STEM community leaders and superstars that are actually doing the things they would normally just read about in magazines and books. Our campers are encouraged to ask questions, try their hand at something new, and to increase their knowledge of new STEM careers.
Throughout the course of the week, we have moments of inquiry-based learning that we incorporate with relevant videos, podcasts, and instruction time. Whether it's how to make putty, records, or an automobile, we bring the technology, movers and shakers in these fields, and sometimes funny approaches to our campers so they can see that STEM is all around them!
This is where campers really have the most fun getting messy or trying something new! Working in project-based teams, we help teams delve into research, really think about creative solutions, and boldly present their findings to a larger audience. We work on presentation skills and building character and confidence through working in teams and exploring hands-on experiments. In the past, we have built rockets, tested them, analyzed data to provide solutions to everyday situations, built Rube Goldberg machines utilizing common household products, looked at the inner workings of Oculus 4-D simulations, written code using Kodu, and so much more. Each week brings a new challenge for your camper!