Students attend engineering camp


Submitted photo
Students participating in activities during the Sixth Annual Engineering Camp

Submitted photo
Students participating in activities during the Sixth Annual Engineering Camp

Submitted photo
Students participating in activities during the Sixth Annual Engineering Camp

Submitted photo Students participating in activities during the Sixth Annual Engineering Camp

By Joseph Pratt

rpratt@civitasmedia.com

Scioto County Career and Technical Center (SCCTC) recently spent time with middle school students through Project Lead the Way, teaching the basics of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at their Annual Engineering Camp.

The camp is designed for two major reasons, to offer a service to area students within sixth, seventh, or eighth grades, and to get them more invested and interested in what SCCTC offers at an earlier age. The camp is a completely free service for students from all over the county to participate in and teaches them how math and science work together to form engineering possibilities in fun and interactive ways involving robotics and rockets.

Thirty local students took advantage of these advanced, interactive lessons, building “eggstronaut” shuttles, launching water rockets, designing and programming VEX robots, and several additional hands-on projects.

“We always aim to teach the integration of subjects,” Scioto County Career and Technical Center Superintendent Stan Jennings said. “Almost every task that needs to be done, whether it is building a roof frame or testing an engine, requires integration of subjects like math and science. Everything we do within Project Lead the Way is based upon design practices.”

Students spent their time at engineering camp producing outcomes based on mathematical practices to build through engineering.

“The kids used these practices to play soccer with robots and build bottle rockets,” Jennings said. “Everything done was through applications within that curriculum, to give them a taste of what it would be like to enroll at SCCTC or participate in Project Lead the Way in their home school.”

Jennings said that the camp students were very involved this year, asking questions and completing projects, and he hopes the camp has planted a seed of what engineering makes possible.

“If you look at how they react to these projects, it really is something, because you see them react and you see the lights turn on as they understand what it all means,” Jennings said.

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