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STEM Camp aiming to build bright futures
by Joe Baker
Jun 08, 2014 | 48 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Organizers of the Karnes County STEM Camp are looking forward to this summer’s camp set for June 9-13, and they are hoping to build on the success experienced with the first camp organized last year.

STEM – a shortened version of science, technology, engineering and math – is the focus of activities at the annual camp aimed at inspiring students to consider careers in those four areas.

Karnes City ISD is partnering with major energy companies operating within the Eagle Ford Shale, and with support from the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation is bringing this opportunity to students from all four Karnes County school districts in grades 4-8.

Teachers for those grade levels invited a total of 35 students to participate in the 2013 camp.

Campers will spend seven hours per day, 8:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m., for all five days of the camp, immersed in a variety of STEM focused presentations and activities.

According to information from organizers of the camp, 45 percent of the participants from last year’s camp indicated an interest in STEM careers before the camp, but afterward, that number grew to 83 percent.

The students will hear presentations from experts in these fields and get the chance to participate in “hands on” activities aimed to show them how exciting and interesting STEM careers can be, especially in regard to the development of the Eagle Ford Shale and the explosion of career opportunities brought about in this area as a result.

For more information about this year’s camp, contact Karnes County STEM Camp Curriculum Directo Jo Ann Gutierrez at jgutierrez@kcisd.net or 830-780-2321 x464.
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