STEM Camp at Canter's Cave provides authentic STEM experiences for as many as 90 youth each year, and OSU Extension professionals work in partnership with STEM professionals to relate those experiences to careers and educational requirements. The camp also develops 21st century workforce skills including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and leadership.
STEM Camp participants will:
Engage in hands-on exploration of STEM
Learn about related careers and educational requirements
Grow both as individuals and as team members
Develop and practice communication skills
And of course, HAVE FUN!
The camp content is STEM focused. Extension staff team up with professionals in targeted STEM career fields to develop and present three-hour, hands-on, in-depth explorations of the field, with information provided on additional related careers, educational requirements for those careers, and so on. Participants choose one STEM area to explore, and they work together to create a presentation on that area for their parents and guests on the morning of Day 3. They have opportunities to work together in groups to complete engineering design challenges, as well as to enjoy traditional camp activities with a STEM spin, such as campfire, with a fire science or chemistry focus.
2018 in-depth STEM sessions included Animal Science, Robotics, Aerospace, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Engineering and Food Science. We will be adding a Food Science fieldtrip by utilizing an OSU Charter Bus to Bellisio’s in Jackson. Camp traditions have evolved to include a rousing get-acquainted game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock and flag ceremonies augmented by our own version of "Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun with Flags."
The registration fee for the 2018 camp, set for June 4-6 at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, OH, is just $80* per camper, thanks to a generous grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Registrations will be accepted until the camp capacity of 90 campers is reached or until May 1, whichever comes first. STEM Camp welcomes boys and girls completing 5th, 6th, or 7th grades in spring, 2018. Campers do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend.
* Thanks to a generous donation from FLUOR, a partial scholarship is available for Scioto County Campers which will reduce the cost to $20. Please contact our office for details.
For anyone who is interested in becoming a counselor at STEM Camp, please complete the STEM Camp Counselor Application. Applications must be submitted to the OSU Extension Office by Friday April 6th.