Back Live and In Color
From August 1st to 5th, STEAM Camp was back and bigger than ever! Unlike the last year’s virtual camp, students jumped right into hands-on learning, covering everything from public broadcasting to biotechnology.
Presented by Strang, Inc. and Urban League of Greater Madison, STEAM Camp raises awareness for educational pathways toward careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Middle school campers learned how to prepare for future careers through interactive learning workshops with community organizations and local businesses.
Students arrived each morning at the Urban League of Greater Madison for check-in and to meet the other campers. On Monday, they started out the week at Madison TOP to learn how graphic t-shirts get designed and produced. Campers were able to see the laser engraving machine in action and printed their own graphic t-shirt. After lunch at Ian’s Pizza, campers ended the day learning financial literacy from Old National Bank with real-life budgeting simulations.
On day two, campers started the day with an interactive presentation from the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) and UW-Madison BioTrek. The WEI taught campers about new, clean energy systems and solutions, and BioTrek, a science outreach program, coached kids through hands-on experiments about DNA. It was especially entertaining watching the campers create power from biking as hard as they could. The day ended with a workshop at Madison Gas & Electric as they shared their passion for renewable energy sources and sustainability. Check out their cool electric car!
On Wednesday, campers started their day at the Air National Guard Wisconsin 115th Fighter Wing and then rode over to Trek Bicycle for a demonstration on how a bicycle is designed and made from concept to production.
Nearing the end of the week, campers started the day all the way at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish Hatchery for an outdoor lesson on local trout and forest health. They then traveled over to the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery to learn from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and PBS Wisconsin about the behind-the-scenes work of a broadcasting station.
As STEAM Camp came to a close, campers rounded out the week at Madison College where they introduced the many career options available to students—cosmetology, graphic design, engineering, and so much more. The final presentation of the week was at UW Health which taught campers all about the occupations related to healthcare.
Although just one week, we hope campers came away from this experience inspired to continue learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math as they continue their education. STEAM Camp 2022: The Future Tour is over, but we’re already looking forward to the next future camp. Full STEAM ahead for next year!