• How can we set-up a STEM camp for my school or district? 
     Please submit the following information to Gustavo Perez at gperez@esc1.net (956.984.6042) to arrange an initial interview and to discuss your current needs. During the interview, the following details will be discussed to generate a list of services. If you prefer, you may also submit this information using the following form link. Form Link 
    - Camp goals and expected outcomes
    - Camp design (ex., intervention, academic core support, career exploration, enrichment)
    - Teacher training requirements (camp facilitators or dedicated educator sessions)
    - Number of students, grade levels, and target populations (migrant, GT, etc.)
    - Tentative budget, location(s), and preferred delivery dates
    To effectively draft a plan around you needs, please allow a 1 - 2 month planning window for the coordination of logistics, resources, and delivery timelines.  
    STEM Teacher Professional Development
     The STEM Center of South Texas welcomes the opportunity to offer educators the necessary training and guidance in delivering campus or district-wide student STEM camp initiatives.  These may include after school, Saturday, or summer initiatives. STEM specialist also provide student services on a contract basis, however we encourage the development of a core group of teachers to maximize local control, build capacity, and promote sustainable STEM models of instruction. Educators receive professional staff development sessions that equip teachers with the necessary tools to deliver effective project based experiences while receiving the necessary guidance and support to deliver on-site STEM camps.
    What are STEM Camps?
     STEM camps are planned and delivered based on leading instructional practices. Students benefit from multi-sensory, inquiry-based, hands-on activities that are aligned to educational standards such as the Texas Education Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE) standards, to name a few. Our STEM Camp delivery model is designed for certified educators and programs seeking to maximize student engagement. STEM camps are currently offered in the following general areas, however we welcome opportunities to customize STEM experiences for outreach, intervention, and enriched learning experiences for all student populations. 
    STEM Challenge Camps Content Themes  Elementary  Middle School  High  School         
     Robotics - Engineering
     Computer Science: Gaming Design and Animation     
     Forensic Science  ✔  
     Human Anatomy and Physiology: Sports Camp ✔  
     Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Towers, Bridges, and More!  
     Alternative Energies: Wind Racers, Solar Trackers, Wind Turbines  
    Elementary camps introduce students to the basics of concrete design, the engineering design process, and STEM fundamentals that bring relevance to math, science, and technology in an integrated manner. These introductory elements set an early foundation to start building an awareness of STEM fields. Students engage in a variety of STEM activities such as:
    - simple machines, motors, and sensors
    - programming physical models using software
    - explore design challenges
    - develop answers and solutions to "Driving Questions"
    - conduct investigations and use technology tools 
    - build 21st century skills (collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking) 
    Middle School camps engage students in building connections between math, science, engineering, and technology with an emphasis on technical and language literacy. Students experience applied methods of learning where they use basis system design (hardware, software), the engineering design process, and programming fundamentals. Students are introduced to potential STEM career pathways and the strong connections with math and science topics. Students engage in a variety of STEM activities such as: 
    - building working systems with motors, sensors, and programming
    - programming physical models using software
    - explore design challenges
    - develop answers and solutions to "Driving Questions"
    - conduct investigations and use technology tools 
    - build 21st century skills (collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking) 
    High School camps introduce students to advanced topics in system design, the engineering design process tools, and advanced programming platforms. These platforms may include award-winning software platforms such as LabVIEW or Free tools such as Alice, Autodesk, and Stencyl. STEM career exploration activities target exciting topics in growing areas of opportunities such as medical, engineering, business, and computer science. Students engage in highly rigorous and challenging tasks designed to:
    - experience sophisticated control systems  
    - hardware and software integration requirements
    - programming techniques, development, and deployment
    - practice 21st century skills (presentation, collaboration, critical-thinking) 
    What Do Students Experience?
     Students are presented with authentic challenges, allowed voice and choice in producing their solutions, and participate in a culminating event that celebrates their achievements. For camps delivered by STEM specialists, educators participate throughout the camp as active facilitators to gain not only skills and content knowledge, but also benefit from practical tools and techniques. Teacher led camps benefit from embedded opportunities for 1-to-1 coaching and mentoring as they develop foundational skills to create, support, and sustain after-school programs, robotics clubs, and local competitions.   
    Customized Delivery
     Depending on the number of campuses and the number of students, camps are scheduled and delivered in one day or multiple day formats. A typical camp includes a complete day of activities with approximately 20-30 students. The camp is launched with an engaging challenge followed by student brainstorming and team building activities. Student teams are then provided with specific team roles and responsibilities, provided materials and equipment along with mini-lessons, and guided through the engineering design process to promote problem-solving and critical thinking. Every camp ends with a final competition or demonstration of solutions to the original challenge. College faculty, consultants, and community leaders are carefully selected to serve as judges, facilitators, or expert panelist to provide critical feedback and current perspectives in their STEM fields of study and research.
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Last Modified on November 29, 2016