STEM Camp at Onondaga
Onondaga held a week long summer STEM Camp for kids that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with a half day spent in the classroom setting and a half day seeing how STEM is applied in the real world. As demand for workers skilled in STEM fields continues to rise, the number of students pursuing STEM degrees is dropping, according to a report released by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee in April 2012. Onondaga’s STEM Camp is designed to introduce middle and high school students to the world of robotics, and explore its applications in both industrial and personal settings. The curriculum is a mixture of Lego educational materials that are integrated with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics subjects and modern manufacturing, and are conducted in a competitive problem solving environment. Campers develop a knowledge base of modern manufacturing, robotics design and programming, while adding to team building experiences. During field trips, students explore STEM-related topics and their relation to robotics and automation. During the week-long camp students are also visiting Time Warner, Lockheed Martin, Byrne Dairy, Schneider Packaging, the Post Standard, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department Heliport, and St. Joseph’s Hospital.