ALLIANCE, Ohio – The STEMcoding Summer Camp, held at the University of Mount Union, engages area youth in a hands-on computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering curriculum. From July 19 – 23, local high school and middle school girls participated in activities outside the classroom led by program director, Dr. Richelle Teeling-Smith, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Mount Union.
Presentations and activities throughout the week were implemented by a group of current Mount Union students as a part of their Sit Lux summer research for the STEMcoding project: mathematics major, Katie Buckles ’24 of (Sagamore Hills, OH), computer science and mathematics major, Zack Perrico ’24 of (Canfield, OH), physics and biomedical engineering major, Brianna Rapp ’24 of (Grafton, WI), and biochemistry major Brett Scheib ’22 of (Hampton, PA).
Activities throughout the camp featured:
- STEMcoding curriculum of science and mathematics programming modules
- Egg-drop Challenge
- "Majoring in STEM in College" presentation
- Robot Racing Competition
- Physics of Baseball, presented by physics major, Andrew Mook ’22 of (Meadville, PA)
- Angry Birds Balloon Launch
- Design your own video game!
“We hope to inspire girls to pursue careers in STEM," said Teeling-Smith. "This camp opens the doors for them to imagine what they can do in a STEM field.”
The goal of the summer camp is to provide a unique opportunity for girls to engage in challenging STEM activities in a fun and welcoming environment. Students are exposed to topics in a variety of STEM fields and get to challenge themselves to use their newly-acquired technical skills and creativity. For more information on the camp, visit mountunion.edu/stemcoding.