CLINTON COUNTY — Middle school students from several area school districts spent part of their summer taking advantage of learning opportunities by attending the Southern Ohio ESC’s S.T.E.M. Energy Summer Camp held on the campus of Southern State Community College in Wilmington.
Exploring S.T.E.M. education, students engaged in thematic learning experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Camp activities maximized a rich combination of hands-on labs, art design and exploration, engineering challenges, and digital investigations that included a focus on STEM careers.
Students participated in a full-day field experience at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, where campers investigated how energy works and discovered how bursts of creativity can unlock huge potential for the community’s future. Students also explored how the arts impact the design process and were provided opportunities for leadership growth and the development of creative ideas.
Camp activities included Cyber Investigations and Virtual Labs, Design Challenges, Engineering Challenges, Minute-To-Win-It Competitions, Building Simple Machines, Cool Jobs in Science Exploration, Team-Building Activities and Challenges, and Energy Conversation Games.
Camp activities were coordinated and led by Curt Bradshaw, Coordinator of Gifted Services, Regina Gerber, Melissa Krause, and Shelly Wellman, Clinton County Gifted Intervention Specialists, and camp volunteers Amelia Binau, Barb Glass, Luke Meares and Caroline Rhude.
Campers from area school districts include: Kittrick Adams, Dylan Arnold, Ryan Bernard, Ella Bernhardt, Coen Besser, Trevor Billingsley, Bobby Black, Leah Boegeman, Tessa Bosier, Aislinn Bowermaster, Christian Brown, Claire Burns, Vanessa Calderone, Keegan Callahan-Dunn, Andrew Chapin, Nicholas Cimas, Carsyn Custis and Zander Damron.
Also, Alayna Davenport, Rebekah Davenport, Landon Dean, Kaylyn Deaton, Ethan Dell, Caroline Diels, Collin Elston, Jocelyn Engel, Luke Goodwin, Trey Hagen, Kaitlynn Hickey, Travis Horton, Julianna Hrebenach, Blaize Johnson, Nathan Jones, Marty Kreider, Laith Latif, Nathan Le, Abigail Lee, Emma Lee, Lindsay Lydy and Oliver McDermott.
Also, Lilly Middleton, Samuel Miller, Mason Morrow, Teddy Murphy, Savannah Murtland, Talen Oberlin, Addyson Oliver, Addy Probasco, Trey Reed, Kyle Roth, Cady Royer, Mason Schaffer, Savanna Schutte, Summer Schutte, Aidan Sharett, Jenna Stanley, Chloe Sutton, Gracie Sutton, Arius Taylor, Michael Thompson, Joshua Tolliver, Kenzie Wahsum, Jackson Walker, Brandon Walters, Conner Walters, William Wheeling and Jack Wilhoit.
The SOESC would like to thank the following event sponsors for their support of the S.T.E.M. Energy Camp: Alkermes, JD Equipment, the Robert E. Lucas Memorial Fund, Southern State Community College, and the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, with Curricular Support from Discovery Education and Ohio Energy Project.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.