This spring the STEM Camp Foundation was pleased to support a project at Emily Stowe Public School in Norwich for the Kindergarten class, submitted by teacher Kathryn DeJong.
Mrs. DeJong indicates: “We run an inquiry-based program in our Kindergarten class, and we are currently exploring and learning about “Space”. Through our research we have found a number of areas we can explore and create to enhance our learning about Space. We plan to build some equipment and models based on our ‘space fact-finding. Both the process and the final product will be used on an on-going basis to develop our students’ inquiry skills, including the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”
The photos here show the children building space suits and transforming their puppet theatre into a space shuttle in June 2019.
On Friday May 31st, SCF Executive Director, Ron Cougler, and Board Chair, Kevin Cougler, visited the Grade 5/6 class at Trinity School to see the children program robots in their classroom. The robots were purchased through a grant from STEM Camp FOUNDATION awarded to teacher Rebecca Ruxton who was excited to see her students learn more about programming and coding as an introduction to technology in the junior and intermediate grades.
Project Coding through robots incorporates many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)areas of study. The educational goals of this coding STEM project are to inspire students to try new things and be resilient, collaborate on a group project, encourage teamwork, enhance problem-solving skills and learn about potential STEM career opportunities available through programs in college and universities.
STEM Camp FOUNDATION has been pleased to sponsor this STEM Project and to see the excitement of students as they engage in a challenging look into the world of STEM Coding and Robotics at an early age.
STEM Camp FOUNDATION is pleased to sponsor the FIRST Robotics Team WIRED with a grant of $1,000 to carry on their work with Grade 9 and 10 students from College Avenue Secondary School and Woodstock Collegiate Institute in Woodstock, ON. WIRED is an acronym for Woodstock Intercollegiate Robotics and Engineering Dominators, a group of 20 high school students who meet three days a week, after school hours. Their mission is to design, construct and program a robot from top to bottom that will perform a specific set of tasks.
Students are using a wide variety of STEM skills during this process, gears, pulleys, belts, electrical systems and Java coding principles. Students learn teamwork, problem solving, design, scientific principles, and perform engineering and mathematical calculations by working on their robot. These WIRED students will also be carrying their learning forward by creating an outreach program for elementary schools in May this year.
STEM Camp Foundation accepts grant applications from elementary teachers for projects that will help support STEM projects in their schools. Submissions are received online twice a year, by September 30thand by January 31st. Decisions are made early in the following month and funds distributed to successful candidates in October and February each school year.
We are excited to launch the STEM Camp Foundation!
STEM Camp gives children the opportunity to be amazed by the world of STEM. The STEM Camp Foundation provides support for teachers whose passion is to continue that amazement in the classroom — Kevin Cougler, Founder