Kids explore world of science, technology, engineering, math

Knox kids explore world of science, technology, engineering, math

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Even though there are only 70 students, organizers say it takes double that number in volunteers to pull off the camp. Even though there are only 70 students, organizers say it takes double that number in volunteers to pull off the camp.
Organizers say 20 students were added to the enrollment this year. Organizers say 20 students were added to the enrollment this year.
The goal is to pique the students' interests early. The goal is to pique the students' interests early.
"We do athletic camps for kids to get them interested in sports and so why not do the same thing in science and math?" asked STEM Academy Dean Debbie Sayers. "We do athletic camps for kids to get them interested in sports and so why not do the same thing in science and math?" asked STEM Academy Dean Debbie Sayers.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Seventy students in grades two to seven arrived Monday morning at Hardin Valley Academy to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and math.

They were there for Knox County Schools' annual STEM Camp.

"They're going to dissect sharks," said STEM Academy Dean Debbie Sayers. "They're going to look at microorganisms."

That's just the beginning. The students will be rotating through four different daily sessions, giving them the opportunity to do things like conduct chemical experiments and build a computer graphic.

The goal is to pique the students' interests early.

"We do athletic camps for kids to get them interested in sports and so why not do the same thing in science and math?" asked Sayers.

Even though there are only 70 students, organizers say it takes double that number in volunteers to pull off the camp. They have 55 adult volunteers, as well as high school volunteers.

"We have probably fifty-some student volunteers from Hardin Valley who are serving as either teacher assistants or they're leading the little kids around like camp counselors," said Sayers.

Organizers say 20 students were added to the enrollment this year and hope that number will only continue to grow in the years ahead.

For more information on STEM Camp can be found on the camp's Facebook page.

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