NCC to sponsor STEM camp for girls

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Nash Community College is offering a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics camp for rising fourth- and fifth-grade girls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28-31.

At Girls Outdoors! Natural Science Camp for girls, campers will participate in experiments, games, crafts and activities designed to enforce STEM concepts, model an active lifestyle and inspire girls to develop further interests in science and the natural world.

The camp will include daily hikes on the Nash Community College campus Live Well and Learn Trail, which winds for more than two miles through a wooded area of campus.

Each day, a woman engaged in a science career from forestry services to biomanufacturing will join the campers for part of the day to participate in an activity and talk about her career. Campers will complete the camp with a journal of their experiences.

Participants will develop an increased awareness of the world around them, spend at least four hours each camp day engaged in physical activity, interact with females in science careers, and gain confidence in their ability to use STEM knowledge and skills, inspiring them to pursue physical activity and set long-term STEM-related educational goals.

Each day, activities will center around a natural science topic. For example, the topic for day one is Water and Water Quality. Activities include building a rain stick, Secchi Disk Construction, pond sampling, macroinvertebrate survey, microscope use, The Incredible Journey Game, and a visit from a biologist with SePRO.

Campers will illustrate how rain and the water cycle have been incorporated into different cultures, discuss adaptations of organisms, follow procedures in water quality analysis, use college lab equipment, and explore a science career.

As a result, they will gain knowledge of connections with the natural world, learn STEM concepts, and gain confidence in their STEM abilities.

The other topics which will be covered during the camp are wildlife, weather, soil and fossils, and forestry.

The cost of the four-day camp is $100 per participant. To register, visit the NCC Continuing Education Department on the second floor of the college’s Business and Industry Center. For more information, please call 451-8216.