STEM Camp is science-inspired fun

Nearly 50 local high school students are discovering the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as participants in the second annual summer STEM Camp at Lee College.

The students — all from the Barbers Hill, Dayton and Goose Creek Consolidated independent school districts — were given welcome bags and t-shirts and divided into three teams on the first day of the camp, which is sponsored in part by ExxonMobil and free for students and their families. Each group will spend the week on campus rotating through a variety of science-inspired classes and hands-on activities led by Lee College instructors, with assistance from current college students and staff. 

Campers explore astronomy, chemistry, forensics, computer networking, instrumentation technology, kinesiology and robotics in their daily sessions, which begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. They also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers with the Baytown Police Department, University of Houston-Downtown and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., among others.

“We want you to get everything you can out of the camp experience,” Victoria Marron, director of the college’s federal STEM grant, told the students Monday as the camp began. “Our instructors have worked really hard for months now to plan a great week just for you.”

The STEM Camp finale is set for Friday, July 18. Teams will face off in a robotics competition from 10:10-11:30 a.m., at Tucker Hall, with gift cards and other big-ticket prizes up for grabs. Scholarships and awards will be given to the top seniors and other standout students during a luncheon and presentation that begins at 11:35 a.m., in the Student Center game room.