Middle school and high school students in Springfield can register for the second annual STEM Week at Springfield Technical Community College, a free camp during spring break, April 17-20.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in March. To apply, please contact Marta Burgos at (413) 755-5424.
The camp, which started last year, provides an opportunity for Springfield public school students in sixth through 11th grade to spend their spring break participating in fun and educational activities including field trips to museums. Participants will work on building projects and team challenges that expose them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STCC faculty will help with hands-on activities.
The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20. Students will receive lunch each day. Transportation is available upon request.
Organized by HSI-STEM and the Latino Education Institute, STEM Week is supported by a federal grant awarded to STCC to support Hispanic and low-include students and a Title III grant, which is used to help ensure that English learners attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.
The Latino Education Institute works to improve academic outcomes for Latino students in Springfield by strengthening the connection among families, schools and higher-education, and providing after-school, vacation-time programming and parent academies throughout the year.
“For local youth, STEM Week at STCC is a chance to have fun while expanding their understanding of STEM,” said Dr. Felicia Griffin-Fennell, activity director of the Hispanic Serving Institution-STEM (HSI-STEM) grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
“The camp increases awareness about STEM and what it means for their lives,” Griffin-Fennell said. “Children last year had a wonderful time participating in activities here at STCC and learning about technology and different STEM careers.”
Dr. Milagros Martinez-Schettini, program liaison of the Latino Education Institute for Springfield, said, “STEM Camp at STCC is a great opportunity for middle school and high school students. It will provide experiences that will help students to work in emerging STEM-related fields, in growing industries that include technology and math as well as in fields that include science, communication, and environment.”