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Camden County Schools: STEM camp offers tech options

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Jessica Neal and Taylor Westbrook, both 6th grade students at Camden Intermediate School, and Sarah Savino, 6th grade student at New Life Academy attended STEM camp at Grandy Primary School.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fifteen campers signed up for the multi-collaboration STEM camp offered at Grandy Primary School in Camden during the week of Aug. 8-11.

"Today's students are growing up in a tech saturated world, it's very different than the one I was born into 52 years ago," remarked Camden County AIG Teacher, Melissa Harnly.

Harnly and Camden 4-H Agent Danelle Barco collaborated to offer the STEM program using Lego EV3 Mindstorm Robotics.

One other teacher, Camden Middle School teacher ‚ÄčLakisa McCoy and Harnly received EV3 kits, valued at $350 each, for attending a grant-funded professional development workshop at Elizabeth City State University. 

Harnly and Barco received training by 4-H Extension, operated through North Carolina State University and NC A&T. The campers used software loaded on laptops and EV3 kits on loan from A&T University that Barco picked up at the university.

Twelve males and 3 females, ages 10 to 13, attended. The 3rd graders to rising 8th graders came from Camden, Dare, and Pasquotank counties.

The students’ technology goals included assembly of the robots and programming the robots to perform specific functions. Those functions included performing a three-point turn, making audible sounds, such as applause or a digital R2D2 sound, raising robotic arms to arrest an object, or traveling forward using math calculations of pi to rotate the wheels to travel different distances.

"My boys said they had a blast yesterday," said Kelly Schaub, mother of campers Conner and Tyler Schaub. "Our campers have had so much fun exploring and creating these digital devices. I constantly hear them asking questions, making assertions, and assimilating their learning.”

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