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Citadel News Service
24 May 2011

STEM Center kicks off summer

New summer programs offer opportunities for students and teachers
 to engage in innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities

The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence will offer six day camps this summer aimed at inspiring student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. These camps will provide elementary and middle school students with 21st century skills that will help prepare them to be successful in their futures.

This series of camps will be kicking off in July and will provide hands-on learning and fun activities in STEM. Programs include:

  • Digital Technology Camps, Grades 6-8
    July 11-15, 2011, July 18-22, 2011, August 1-5, 2011, August 8-12, 2011
    Students will learn about video game design, digital storytelling, and 3-D animation software.
    Deadline to register: June 30
    Cost: From $200 to $300


  • Camp Invention, Grades 1-6,
    July 25-29
    Programming includes “I Can Invent: Edison’s Workshop” where students will dismantle and rebuild machines of their own creation and “Problem Solving on Planet ZAK,” surviving on an alien planet after a crash landing.
    Deadline to register: June 30.
    Costs: $210
    Camp Invention program is sponsored by the nonprofit organization Invent Now. 


  • MINDSTORMS Robotics Camps, Grades 4-7,
    Aug. 1-5
    Students will learn to design, build and program robots to complete tasks and respond to touch, sound and light.
    Deadline to register: June 30.
    Cost: $175 

Detailed information about the student STEM programs is available on The Citadel web site at (broken link).

For more information or questions about any of the STEM Center programming, e-mail Carolyn Kelley at or call 843-953-7121.

The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel is also offering a teacher opportunity this summer. 

The STEM Innovation Challenges Institute, running July 11-15, is a precursor to the 2012 South Carolina STEM Innovation Expo to be held at The Citadel in April 2012. This summer, teachers will develop STEM Challenges that will be implemented in K-12 classrooms across the state. These Challenges will ask students to develop solutions to real-world problems related to STEM issues and topics. Students will present their solutions at the STEM Innovation Expo next spring.

“As a regional leader in developing STEM literacy, the STEM Center of Excellence recognizes the importance of fostering STEM interest and skills development in the youth of our state and providing teachers with the education educational training and expertise needed to develop effective challenges that can bring relevant STEM experiences into the classroom,” said Carolyn Kelley, director of The Citadel’s STEM Center.

The deadline to register for the institute is Wednesday, June 1. For information, call 843-953-7121. Application information is available online at

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