DUBLIN – Students enrolled in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) Camp sponsored by Bladen County Schools spent a day in science, math, and writing laboratories at Bladen Community College in July.
Faculty members provided laboratory environments in which students could extract their own DNA, see their own cells under a microscope, build and test catapults, create a reaction that produces CO2, and much more.
“In the science portion of our camp curriculum, we provided several opportunities for students to see science in action and understand the importance of the scientific method,” remarked Lisa DeVane, BCC Department Chair for Math and Science. “Students also constructed fractals, which demonstrate mathematical sets of information that create a repeating pattern. It’s a fascinating geometric phenomenon.”
Dr. Joyce Bahhouth, BCC Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies, conducted a writing workshop with S.T.E.A.M. participants. “Students were asked to write a story using a set of unrelated pictures they were given,” she explains. “This activity encourages original thinking, creative experimentation, and self-expression.”
Twenty-five students from the third to eighth grades are enrolled in S.T.E.A.M.
For information about the summer program, contact Bladen County Schools at 910-862-4136. For information about opportunities for school children to participate in activities at Bladen Community College, contact Lisa DeVane at 910-879-5509.
Cathy Kinlaw is the public information and marketing director for Bladen Community College.