STEAM Camp 2020 This Time It's Virtual!
By Kate Feldt, Marketing Coordinator and Erinn Feltes, Marketing Coordinator
Like many summer activities, STEAM Camp went virtual this year!
Strang worked with Urban League of Greater Madison to move the camp to a four-day online experience for campers. Aiming to raise awareness toward careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, campers got the opportunity to learn about these educational pathways from members of the Madison community.
When Randy Banks, VP of Community Engagement, started STEAM Camp four years ago he couldn't have predicted how this one simple idea would impact the lives of over 200 students in the Madison/Milwaukee region. We want to thank Randy, Kathy Williams, Urban League of Greater Madison, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland Council, Ho-Chunk Nation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County for all their support in carrying out this event.
Our wonderful volunteers from the UW-Madison BioTechology Center and the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute gave insightful workshops to students. Students were able to do a science experiment at home and learn about outer space.
Students learned from the presenters at Gear Learning, American Family Insurance DreamBank-MSN, PerBlue, RedFox AI all about voice activation using the Alexa Skills Kit. They also taught students about video game design. Students received an Echo Dots as part of their supply kit, so they can test out these new skills for themselves.
Students learned about financial literacy from Old National Bank and sustainability/energy sources from Madison Gas and Electric.
Presenters from local artists and performers from Madison Public Library, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Ballet taught students about the history and value of the visual arts.
Thank you to our to all our presenters. It was great to hear you share your stories and experiences, even as it was all from behind a screen.