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Middle Schoolers Learn the Tools & Impact of STEM

27 Jul 2018

For many students throughout the Commonwealth, summer is a time to kick back and enjoy time off from studies. For middle school students attending Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Camp, it’s a week of hand-on experiments and innovation while developing skills for future careers.

Every summer, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (TSCT) offers a series of middle school STEM Camps to give campers a broader view of technology and its impact, while in a collegiate environment. All materials, field trips, and general camp expenses are paid for by UGI, allowing students to participate for free.

4th graders from the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology STEM Camp create birdhouses in the worshop.

TSCT’s summer programs are offered for students in grades 3rd through 8th. The week-long camps feature age-appropriate activities, with one workshop and one fun activity per day. Workshops include carpentry, digital, and CAD projects, giving the chance for kids to explore the college campus’s Graphics Lab, Woodworking Shop, 3D Printer, and more. Fun activities range from bowling to horseback riding lessons to visits to the Lancaster Science Factory or Strasburg Railroad Museum, depending on age.

4th grader from the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology STEM Camp recieves help with powertool in the wood workshop.
New to the camps and available for older students is the introduction to digital photography, where campers are taught the artistic possibilities within the Adobe Photoshop computer application. Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology is delved into more deeply with older campers as well, teaching the basic functions of Autodesk solid modeling software to produce 3D CAD models.

5th grader ponders as he works with CAD Technology at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology STEM Camp.
“The summer camp program here at Thaddeus Stevens is a phenomenal opportunity to engage with students during the summer months” Said TSCT’s STEM Coordinator and head of K-12 STEM Initiatives Sean McKnight, “Through UGI’s help we are able to fund these programs that introduce students to hands on learning through fun activities. We have had several students who have gone through all of our programs which means we see them from year to year, which is both exciting and encouraging.”

5th grader smiles for the camera as he works with CAD technology software at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology STEM Camp.
UGI is proud to provide support to further encourage future interest and creativity within the STEM field. We appreciate that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology offers instructional and fun opportunities for students to stay engaged in the summer.

For more information on the middle school STEM camps offered at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, visit stevenscollege.edu/STEMcamps and to learn more about UGI’s involvement in your community, visit www.ugi.com/community.