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High schoolers experience STEM at RCC

By Tom Martin
August 5, 2014
Camp Xploration

A group of Camp Xploration participants gather for a moment after a morning of a geocaching at the Glenns Campus.

A variety of fascinating sessions — geocaching, creating movies or video games, and designing robots or bedroom décor — gave high school students an enjoyable way to get familiar with the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Rappahannock Community College’s first “Camp Xploration,” June 23-26.

“The students were extremely engaged and respectful,” says the project chair, RCC professor of information systems technology Ruth Greene, “which made the event great for all the teachers and coordinators. The instructors provided rich, interactive learning opportunities, and we hope the students gained a new interest in STEM-related careers.”

Parents praised the coordinators for setting up an easy-to-navigate process, and agreed, “The kids really enjoyed it” — a statement borne out by the most frequent comment from participants, “It was fun!”

“The activities in which we participated in were eye-opening,” said one teen. “I feel like this is a good school,” said another, while a third praised the “very nice facility, good staff, and nice resources.”

Most participants agreed, “I learned a lot.”

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