STEM AK releases summer science camp schedule

The STEM AK program of the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) will once again offer a rich array of summer science camps to kids of all ages in locations around Southeast Alaska. These camps are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff that ensure a safe and fun opportunity to explore and learn.

The following STEM AK camps will be offered during the 2012 summer season:

• Sun to Sea: grades 7-9, June 4-9, Juneau only

Sun to Sea Camp connects middle school students with scientists and experts from NOAA to help explore the world of wind, weather, waves and more through hands-on learning. 

• Advanced Rocketry: grades 6-9, Ketchikan, June 11-13; Juneau, August 13-17

For the novice or amateur, if you want to learn how to design your own rockets using advanced CAD software, and choose your own motors, this is the camp for you!

• FIRST LEGO Programming: ages 9-14, Juneau, July 9-13; Ketchikan, June 11-14

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a robotics camp for you. FIRST offers accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people from the time they start school through high school graduation.

• The Un-Saturday Thing: grades 4-9, July 9-13, Juneau only

Based on our very successful Saturday Thing program, we will provide an environment that stimulates innovation: freedom to think and explore a community of kids, who are also innovators, equipment to enable innovation, and easily accessible supplies.

• Kitchen Chemistry: grades 4-5, July 23-27, Juneau only

Budding young chefs will explore various methods used in cooking food and some of the chemistry involved in food preparation and preservation.

• Underwater Gliders: grades 7-9, Aug. 6-10, Ketchikan only

Learn from Navy engineers how to build and operate your own underwater glider to collect and analyze aquatic data, and learn about marine acoustics.

Details for each summer camp experience are listed on www.STEMAK.org. Interested participants should visit this website to find out more information and submit an application online.

JEDC has a limited amount of funding for Summer Science financial aid. Aid is awarded on the basis of household income and in the order that completed financial aid applications are received until funding is exhausted for this year. 

For more information on any of these camps, contact Robert Vieth at rvieth@jedc.org or at 523-2342.

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