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April 18, 2019

The Not so Secret Code: STEAM Camp

The snow is gone, spring is here and summer is around the corner. For about 50 middle schoolers in the Greater Capital Region that means STEAM Camp is coming soon. The campers will experience a realistic, interactive and fun look at various career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, during Strang’s fourth annual STEAM Camp in July.

Strang will once again partner with The Urban League of Greater Madison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland, and the Ho-Chunk Nation. The program is supported in part by Old National Bank.

STEAM Camp kids on the flight deck at UW Med Flight

Discovery around every corner

The program fits with Strang’s long-held dedication to youth and education. Careers in STEAM fields often require rigorous academic coursework beginning as early as ninth and tenth grade. The goal is to provide youth with a safe and interactive environment, teach them new skills and help them understand the educational pathways behind STEAM careers before they begin high school.

Children come to the one-week day camp through the Urban League, BBBS, Girl Scouts and the Ho-Chunk Nation. They will rotate through the day’s programming in small groups, participating in hands-on and collaborative lessons.

Working together for better results

Technology time

This year’s campers will learn financial literacy from Old National Bank, visit Zendesk to understand programming with robotics, and find out about alternative energy at Madison Gas and Electric. A retired chemistry professor will present his “Science is Fun” program at Strang, and Apple store employees at Hilldale will invite campers for a program on the latest in digital technology. UW Health will guide them through the UW Hospital and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Campers will also visit the Overture Center for a day on the arts and stop at numerous venues on the UW campus including the Space Science & Engineering Center; the Physics Museum; and Babcock Dairy Hall.

To learn more about this program, please contact Randy Banks at

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