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Summer Camp to Encourage Young People to Pursue STEM Careers

April 3, 2013

Tomorrow’s leaders will get a big chance to gain basic skills for the global economy by participating in a residential camp June 16-19, at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
The three-day camp is designed specifically for young people who will complete sixth and seventh grades this spring.
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 Paden.
The camp starts with student check on Sunday, June 16th at 3:00 PM. After Rules and Regulations and Counselor Team projects, Students will participate in “Follow Nature’s Course” at Fort Defiance, consisting of a Scavenger Hunt and Grill Out.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will bring action packed STEM activities focusing on biology, chemistry, mathematics and anatomy, as well as robotics, video gaming, Kid Wind and the physics of roller coasters. The camp will be finalized with a Family Banquet Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, where campers and parents can share all of the highlights of the camp.
All meals, supervised lodging, classes and a closing banquet are included in the $250 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 TJ Thayer STEM Camp Coordinator.
“Campers will have lifelong memories to take home with them,” added Susan Thompson, Educational Talent Search Project Assistant.
This will be the second year for the STEM Camp. Those interested are encouraged to register soon. For more information and a registration form, contact Quincy Paden, STEM Camp Director, at 712-852-5302 or 1-800-242-5108 ext. 5302.
Students attending the 2012 STEM Camp
Students attending the 2012 STEM Camp
For More Information:

Quincy Paden, STEM Camp Director, at 712-852-5302

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