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June 13, 2014

Engineering Boot Camp for Summer Learning

NEW YORK — The Hahira Middle School (HMS) Engineering and Technology program recently hosted an “Engineering Boot Camp” for students ages nine through eleven. Twenty-one students from four local elementary schools reported for duty on May 27 for a week of challenges and activities.

The camp was designed to inspire children to apply their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills toward problem solving activities. Activities at the camp included the construction and programming of Lego Mindstorm Robots, construction and flight of model rockets, programming animations and games with SCRATCH, cooking hotdogs with solar energy and a team scavenger hunt. Mr. Greg Terry, Engineering and Technology instructor at HMS and camp leader, designed each assignment so that the students would have to use at least one STEM discipline to problem solve for a solution. Parents of the participants were amazed at the final projects showcased at the camp graduation. On display were the Mindstorm robots that were programmed by the students to complete an obstacle course using touch and ultrasonic sensors.

The Engineering Boot Camp also served as a fundraiser for older students in the Engineering and Technology program. Money raised from the camp will go toward students competing at the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference in Washington DC this summer. The middle and high school camp volunteers will be competing in a variety of events such as prepared speech, career preparation, dragster design, digital photography and much more. These students earned the right to compete in the national event back in March at the GA TSA state conference.

The camp was a huge success thanks to the hard efforts of many people including camp volunteers, the Lowndes County Administration, parents of the participants, and financial support of Lovell Engineering and Associates.  Due to the success and level of interest, future camps are in the works. If you would like to be a part of future Engineering Boot Camps, please contact Greg Terry at Hahira Middle School.

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