“The reason why the Virtual STEM Camp is so powerful is that it’s short, flexible (can take place over the course of one or two days), and it’s a highly engaging, student-focused experience,” Lindsay said. “In this day and age, engagement can be really challenging for schools – especially during a pandemic, but through these camps, students and their mentors can collaborate, get creative and have meaningful experiences.”
“Each InnerView team member works to connect our tech skills to purpose,” Sturgeon said. “We believe the best technology is built by incredible humans with big hearts and big brains.”
A group of InnerView’s student mentors who are passionate about STEM education helped kick off and lead small group sessions during the Virtual STEM Camp, sharing that the event was an amazing and memorable experience.
“I worked as a mentor at a Virtual STEM Camp. This was an amazing experience for the kids and myself, as it has been very difficult for us to safely socialize with others outside of the household. Getting to know, talk to and learn with new people from across the country was a fun and unique experience for us all. Through the camp, I facilitated activities that promoted communication and STEM ideas. I am so glad I was able to participate in this experience and know the kids were too! I already miss talking to my awesome campers – it was a great couple of days!” –Livy Class of 2022
Accessible STEM resources are in demand – a demand that 21stCentEd and its partners are meeting.
“We had a remarkable response to the Virtual STEM Camp, with 468 students registering within the first three days,” Tribe said. “This response shows that students and parents are ready and excited to embrace virtual education in general, and STEM education specifically.”
According to Sturgeon, “STEM and CTE are essential to solving every challenge our population and planet are facing – we must innovate to drive change. We need to collaborate, remove bias, expand access for all, and start at a young age.”