Tomorrow’s leaders will get a big chance to gain basic skills for the global economy by participating in a residential camp in late July and early August at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
The three-day camp is designed specifically for young people who recently completed sixth and seventh grades.
Data reveals those who have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) elements in their educational backgrounds will have a better chance for success as global leaders of the future.
“Jobs are requiring workers to have a greater ability to think critically, work as a member of a team (as well as independently) in order for us to close the performance gap between our American students and those being educated in other countries,” said Quincy Paden, TRiO Director for Iowa Lakes.
Student-centered activities are driven by problem solving, discovery and exploratory learning. The National Science Foundation estimates that “80 percent of the jobs created in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills.”
While students are having fun, they’ll get plenty of learning packed in each day of the camp.
“Often people say you go to college to learn something – not to have fun. But in this case, you’ll do both – with the emphasis on fun!” said Amy Johnson, STEM Camp Coordinator.
The camp starts on Sunday, July 29 with check-in at 6:30 p.m. There will be lab safety training and a guest speaker early Sunday evening and then the fun (and learning) gets under way Monday. A few of the STEM activities include bacterial studies, forensics, gel electrophoresis and wind energy technology.
All meals, supervised lodging, classes and a closing banquet are included in the $200 tuition fee.
Organizers urge parents to encourage their youngsters to participate. They also suggest that some grandparents may wish to pay for the camp as a gift to a child.
“When someone finds their passion in life, they often make it their career. Who are the most successful and happiest people? Those who have found their passion and have FUN at their job,” said Kristen Turner, STEM Camp Coordinator.
For more information and a registration form, go to www.iowalakes.edu and click on the first entry in the rotating images on the right hand side of the screen or call Amy Johnson, STEM Camp Coordinator, at 712-852-5338 or 1-800-242-5108 ext. 5338.
“Campers will have lifelong memories to take home with them,” said Susan Thompson, Educational Talent Search Project Assistant.
Those interested are encouraged to register soon.
Camp participants will have an opportunity to build an anemometer at the “Going Global’ STEM Camp which will be held later this month at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes.