STEM Camps now Popular with Youth

One-hundred and forty-four youth, from grades 2-12, spent four weeks on the Lorman and Vicksburg campuses exploring hands-on activities, including nuclear and radiation technology, geographic information systems, digital communication, electronics, and computer technology.

The annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camps were held June 12-16 and July 17-21 on the Alcorn State University, Lorman campus, and June 19-23 and 26-30 on the Vicksburg campus.

Sponsored by the Department of Advanced Technologies, youth were exposed to computer science, math, robotics, physics and technology. The educational, creative, and recreational activities included cutting-edge topics and practical training in technology and engineering, including a variety of other programs youth could pursue as a career.

In addition to STEM subjects, during the July 17-21 camp, youth received information from Dr. Wandra Arrington, assistant director, Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs, on various scholarship opportunities available once requirements are met.

A self-assessment survey was administered to help youth identify their strengths, weaknesses, and possible career preferences. Overall, parents and youth expressed satisfaction with the camps and the importance of continuing them.