Five things to know about STEM camp

Students who want to get a hands-on introduction to science, technology, engineering and math education can get on a wait list for a camp.

It’s Alive Fall Stem Camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19-23 at Central Nine Career Center, 1999 U.S. 31 South, Greenwood.

The camp is meant to connect middle school students and businesses to raise awareness about careers in STEM.

Suzan Rogers, career pathways specialist at the school, tells you what you need to know about the camp.

How did you get the idea for the camp?

The idea for the camp came from our assistant director Nicole Otte. Karin Graves of student services, computer programming instructor Mike Paprocki and myself have been working with the logistics of the camp.

How many students are you expecting?

We have over 100 students signed up for it. We are now accepting names for a waiting list.

Will the camp be an annual event?

After the camp we will debrief and begin planning the next one — possibilities are spring break, summer break, fall break. It will depend on funding. We believe this camp fills a need in our community to expose students to STEM occupations at an earlier age to get them thinking about their career pathway.

What will a day at the camp look like?

We will be visiting two local manufacturing businesses, NSK and Endress+Hauser. Students will get a feel for what a 21st century manufacturing plant does and is. We hope to connect students to how math and science are used everyday in industry.

How can I get on the waiting list?

Contact your school’s guidance counselor or call 888-4401.