Adventures in STEM
June 3-7, 2013
Are you ready for Adventures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)? Two of UT's largest research centers, CURENT and NIMBioS, have teamed up with 4-H this year to create another fun and educational summer day program for middle school-aged girls. Students will be immersed in a week full of hands-on activities, lab visits, and team projects in UT labs and classrooms that expose the exciting challenges of being a scientist or researcher. Overall, the week will be geared towards students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of engineering, math, biology, and environmental sustainability.
Bring your thinking caps!
When? June 3-7th, 2013
What time? 9am-4pm from Monday through Thursday, and 9am-3pm on Friday.
Where? Min H. Kao Building (directions here), UT Knoxville Campus
Who? Rising 7th-9th grade girls
What's the format? Students will work with CURENT, NIMBioS, and 4-H for two time slots (morning and afternoon) each, totalling three days of activity. A day-long field trip to a variety of STEM-related UT labs and exhibits is also being planned. This day will give students an opportunity to get an on-campus college experience and explore multiple fields of study from a fun perspective. Finally, the girls will get a chance to showcase their research and activities during a poster presentation on Friday afternoon. Parents, guardians, and family are encouraged to attend the presentations to close out the week.
So how much does this adventure cost? $100 (fee waiver available for eligible students). This cost includes all activity materials, notebooks, pens, pencils, and a cool Adventures in STEM water canteen. In other words, students won't need to bring any materials with them (except lunch, see below).
What about food? Lunch is not provided, so students will be expected to bring a lunch each day (except Friday!). Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided each day. A pizza lunch will also be provided on Friday.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 865.974.9707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Adventures in STEM camp will spend equal amounts of time with each of the three groups (CURENT, NIMBioS, 4-H). Read below to get an idea of what the students will be learning.
CURENT: students will work on a variety of projects related to electricity, renewable energy, and engineering concepts, and they will get to visit with working faculty members in laboratory settings. Projects may include homemade solar ovens, windmills, and touch screens.
NIMBioS: students will work on biology and math-related projects. Activities will also include a tour of NIMBioS's facility and interviews with scientists and mathematicians.
4-H: students will get active with 4-H scientists and experience our natural resources; and the importance of keeping them around for generations to come.
Most camp activities will take place in UT's newest facility, the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.