Gaming is not just child’s play anymore, but kids and teens are sure to have lots of summer fun with stuff they already love – drone flight, remote gadgets and interactive platforms.
No shortage of entertainment and education through a six-week STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It runs the gamut of projects to keep fidgety kids busy.
“They’re building a gaming unit for computers. We’re going to be utilizing drone racing, ” said Pastor Ralph Williamson of Christ Our Redeemer (COR) A.M.E. Church in Irvine. “We’re going to be building rockets and all kinds of crazy drone activities that they have.”
Students will get a variety of hands-on high technology concepts led by a UCI undergraduate student, who is working on his Ph.D. Each cohort serves about 20 students with one master instructor, and assistant and program coordinator.
Starting in mid-July and runs through August, the STEM camp is open for ten years old up through high schoolers.
“Pastor Ralph” said he is especially excited to engage the younger kids, and lower-income students of color, who are typically left behind by the digital and technological divide.
One reason is that most summer STEM camps are high-priced, but he believes that money shouldn’t be an obstacle to learning. Camp scholarships are available at COR to all those that need help. He said that the camp is showing other positive signs of equity. Last summer, their STEM camp drew in just as many females as males in their drone program.
He said the main priority is getting students ready and developing their confidence to go after computer science and engineering fields. They will be involved in interactive projects and gain more exposure to multiple computer science and engineering disciplines.
“Once you understand STEM and work within the different areas, this becomes a lifestyle. The industry is growing by leaps and bounds,” Pastor Williamson said. (article)