Faculty, staff and students are making preparations for Craven Community College’s (CCC) annual “Great Explorations” summer camps in June and July. CCC will host camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for students in elementary, middle and high school.
New this summer is a high school engineering camp that will be hosted at CCC’s Havelock campus. N.C. State Engineering’s Dr. Bill Fortney and Havelock High School teacher John Scarfpin applied for a grant from the N.C. Space Grant Consortium in order to develop a student project. It relates to the consortium’s mission of promoting aeronautics and space-related science, engineering, and technology education and training in North Carolina.
Each high school student will receive a SparkFun RedBot, which is an autonomous robotic ground vehicle. “Working with the RedBot, students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of engineering and computer science,” said Scarfpin. Students will be able to take their RedBot home with them to continue working with it after the camp.
The middle school engineering camp will return again this summer at the Havelock campus. Rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders will enjoy designing race cars, heart valves and speakers. “Since many students come to our middle school camp every year, we have new activities planned for this summer,” said Fortney. Students will learn programming fundamentals by programming Lego NXT robots. Scholarships may be available for both engineering camps for students who demonstrate financial need.
CCC’s New Bern campus will host its Mad Scientist, Junior Mad Scientist and Marine Biology camps again this year. An additional week has been added for the Junior Mad Scientist camp. Students will make slime, putty, rubber-band cannons and be involved in other activities that expose them to chemistry, physics and other science subjects. Students at the Marine Biology camp will dissect marine life, collect field samples, receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and travel on field trips to Flanner’s Beach and Morehead City.
“Our goal with our annual STEM summer camps is to increase interest in science and math in a fun, hands-on experience that will excite students,” said Betty Hatcher, dean of liberal arts and university transfer. Hatcher hopes the camps will continue to increase student interest in pursuing careers in science.
The deadline for engineering camps registration is April 18th. The deadline for New Bern camps registration is May 15th. For summer camps information, cost and schedule, go to www.cravencc.edu/summercamps.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.