Who: ETS participants who have completed 8th grade through 11th grade
When: July 5-9, 2021
Where: Southwestern Community College, Creston Campus

TRIO Talent Search (TS) participants (8th-11th grade) will get hands-on experience building robots and shooting off rockets at STEM camp this summer at Southwestern Community College. STEM camp curriculum will provide unique opportunities for students to learn engineering design, scientific process, technological literacy, and mathematics in contexts that students find engaging and understand.

The TS project’s purpose of providing STEM information and STEM camp will help promote careers in STEM and motivate participants to take STEM courses in both high school and college. Findings from the National Science and Technology Council’s five-year strategic plan on STEM education says opportunities need to be available for children in the classroom and in out-of-school settings, because this kind of engagement is “critical to the learning process and to selection and persistence in STEM careers.” The TS project at SWCC understands the value of exposing participants to STEM information in a hands-on approach (outside of school) as participants prepare for college, transition to college, graduate from college, and beyond.

Data from the U. S. Department of Commerce indicates STEM occupations are growing at 17 percent, while non-STEM occupations are growing at 9.8 percent. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.