Many children have a natural interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). They love knowing how things work and creatively coming up with solutions to their own problems. But, if their interest isn’t encouraged and they aren’t actively learning STEM, many kids lose interest and don’t end up studying and working in a STEM field. And statistically this is especially true of girls and minority groups.
Reportedly, both women and various minorities are underrepresented in many STEM fields. So how can we encourage all children who show an inclination towards STEM—including women and those in minority groups—to continue studying STEM and eventually work in a related field? STEM camps!
The Chronicle for Higher Education recently featured an article titled “Summer Camps Bring STEM to a Wider Audience.” This article highlighted how universities and other groups around the US are running STEM camps for high school students to encourage their interest and growth in STEM. What they learn in these camps gives them “a leg up” in knowledge and skill when they start university and continues to feed their interest in the field.
What one of these five-week programs found was that, of the 600 alumni, 95% graduated college in five years and 55% have earned degrees in STEM. It appears that STEM camp helped keep these high school students—including girls and those from minority groups—interested in STEM and growing in their knowledge.
And why does it matter so much that we fuel young peoples’ interest in STEM? Well, because occupations in STEM related fields are expected to grow a whopping 70% faster than other occupations. As technology advances and jobs progressively become automated, STEM skills will become increasingly vital in the workplace and those people who possess STEM skills and knowledge will become increasingly valuable to employers.
Our future needs people—men and women of all backgrounds—who know and love STEM! If your child is naturally curious and academically-inclined, help fuel their interest in STEM by sending them to a summer STEM camp. But many of these camps teach STEM (especially the “science” part) from an evolutionary worldview. But Camp Infinity is a unique STEM camp. We teach hands-on STEM activities but from a biblical worldview—encouraging young people to think biblically and to love God and his Word.
Learn more, apply today, and view available scholarships at CampInfinity.com.