Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (GYSTC) hosted its annual STEM Discovery Camp at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia State College. The camp was held June 15 through 18 and hosted rising 3rd through 5th graders. Students participated in various STEM activities throughout the week with an emphasis on STEM careers.
On Tuesday, the focus was earth science. Students created their own fossils and wind vanes. The day ended with a challenge to build a structure to withstand an earthquake.
Wednesday’s activities centered around life science with students creating a model of a cell and a magnetic model of a food web. Afterwards, the challenge was to clean up an oil spill that could potentially harm wildlife.
Thursday’s focus was on physical science, and students enjoyed designing and building their own balloon car. Afterwards, students were excited to build their own volcano and watch it erupt!
On Friday, students learned about circuits and built a firefly with a working light. The final activity involved the creation of a practice resume in the STEM field of their choice. Students were encouraged throughout the week to make observations around them and seek to solve problems by using the engineering design process.
Instructors for the camp were Erin Youmans, GYSTC Coordinator, and Kim Hooks, GYSTC part-time STEM teacher.
To learn more about MMGYSTC, visit https://gystc.org/magnolia-midlands-gystc/.