Preparing Local Students For STEM Careers

Posted on August 17, 2014 by  
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STEM Summer CampFrom designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an introduction to an array of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College. The camps, featuring hands-on and experiential lessons, concluded last week on the Los Altos Hills campus.

Free for students, the annual camps proved to be in high demand. This year’s program enrolled more than four times as many students as last year’s – from 90 to 480 – with an additional 1,000 on the waiting list.

Organizers added two classes for middle school students to pique students’ interest in STEM at an even earlier age, according to organizers. The camps are only one piece of a program Foothill College offers via its Science Learning Institute (SLI).

Under the SLI umbrella, the college is undertaking a major push to increase STEM literacy and its number of STEM graduates by engaging the large and untapped talent pool of female and underrepresented students. Over the four weeks of camps, students could select from several classes – including 3D Printing, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Forensic Technology, Understand Your Health, Astronomy, Nanotechnology, Green Chemistry, Amusement Park Physics, Build Your Own Radio, Build an App and Video Game Design.

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