Two days wasn’t enough, four kids who participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camp at Hancock Schools.
“I wish it was longer,” Henry Nohl said of the camp for students in grades three through fifth that took place for four hours each day on Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1. A second camp was for students in kindergarten through second grade.
Campers Greta Conroy, Joshua Garcia and Taylor Anderson agreed with Nohl.
“I know they would take another day,” STEM camp teacher Leah Peterson said. But, finding even two days in a summer schedule was difficult.
Peterson teaches first grade at Hancock Elementary School. She’s taught the STEM camp for three years.
“I’ve always been interested in science,” Peterson said. She enjoys “watching the kids figure it out. I give them basic instructions…”
Peterson also organizes the annual STEM family night which happens during school year.
“With the world the way it is, it’s important that kids have 21st Century skills,” Peterson said.
Although STEM is the root of the instruction, there are teachers and curriculum that incorporate an A which can stand for art or agriculture to create the acronym STEAM.
Peterson incorporated art in some of the STEM projects in the two-day camp.
“I liked making the tent,” Anderson said of one project she liked best. The tent was made from popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and other items.
“I liked making this boat,” Garcia said of the boat he held in his hand.
“We had to make our own boat and try to make ti hold as many pennies as possible,” Nohl said.
“Mainly all the boats got 200 pennies,” Garcia said.
Peterson also included robots and computer coding in the camp activities. “We are building the basics and we keep going from there,” Peterson said.
“I liked learning about coding,” Conroy said.
Peterson said there are more STEM projects available than she could ever use in a two-day camp.
“Planning for it is always fun. Of course, you have to test (the project) out to see if it can be created. That’s the fun part,” Peterson said.
About 27 students from kindergarten through second grade participated in their STEM camp. Another 16 students in grades three through six participated in their STEM camp.