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STEM camp reaching more kids
by Joe Baker
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Students learn computer programming while writing the code to control robots during the second annual Karnes County Eagle Ford Energy Camp in Karnes City last week.
Students learn computer programming while writing the code to control robots during the second annual Karnes County Eagle Ford Energy Camp in Karnes City last week.
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KARNES CITY – A total of 60 kids from all four of Karnes County’s school districts participated in the second annual Karnes County Eagle Ford Energy Camp June 9-13.

The camp, which focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities, took a big leap forward this year by almost doubling the number of kids able to be a part of the fun.

The camp was presented by the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation with generous support from Marathon Oil, Pioneer Natural Resources, ConocoPhillips, EOG Resources and Statoil.

Students in grades 4-8 experienced a new concept each day.

They learned computer programming skills through hands on programming of four-wheeled robots which then were put to the test by running various obstacle courses.

Other activities included the construction of amusement park models, model rocket construction and launching, and website building.

Students visited the Trailblazer I – Science on Wheels exhibit where they they were able to learn about weather, aerodynamics, biotechnology, energy and space.

“The intent is to create a camp centered on inquiry-based learning, where the setting is primarily student-centered rather than teacher led,” said Jo Ann Gutierrez, Karnes City ISD director of curriculum and special programs. “The camp functioned on a rotation, where students were divided up into heterogeneous groups allowing different grade levels to inter-mingle. The older students acted as mentors to the younger students, and the younger students were encouraged to extend their skills through working with older students.”

A large group of parents attended a special “Camp Showcase” event on Friday afternoon and had the opportunity to view the various projects completed by the students.

Gutierrez said the camp was a big success this year, and everyone involved is hoping to build on this success for many years to come.
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