Winona State University Holds STEM Camp in Rochester

Posted at: 07/25/2013 6:36 PM
Updated at: 07/25/2013 7:33 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Many kids may dream of becoming an archeologist or even a rocket scientist. Thursday a group of Rochester students got a chance to be just that.

With rockets, bubbles, and a little fun in the dirt you could say the excitement was bubbling over at Riverside Elementary.

But these students aren't just having fun they are learning. "It's all about science, technology, engineering, and math, it's a really fun way for them to take a break from summer school," said future kindergartner teacher Katy Norris.

The week long Winona State University STEM camp is designed to show them that science can be exciting.

"We want them to get deeply engaged and have experiences that stick with them so that they continue on with it," said camp director Joel Traver.

All week the students have been learning the science behind each hands on activity.
The stations included digging like archeologists, building and launching rockets, and learning the chemistry behind bubbles so big you cam be swallowed in.

But these lesson's are not just for the students, many of the camp teachers are new teachers themselves.

"In the afternoon I have class, so it's been really challenging, but eye opening for sure," said Norris.

It was easy to see the students were having too much fun, to even notice they were learning.

"It's a lot of controlled chaos, but it's a lot of fun," said Traver.
This was the 4th year WSU has held the STEM camp. More than 200 students came out for it this year.