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STEM Education Hosts Learning Event for Community

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K-12 STEM Day at Frederick Douglass High School. Photo courtesy of The Academies of Lexington. Learn more at academiesoflex.com.

In March, the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of STEM Education and The Academies of Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School hosted a fun morning filled with hands-on STEM activities for kids and adults of all ages.

The College of Education’s STEM Education Department plans and hosts numerous STEM events and learning opportunities in Central Kentucky.

For example, elementary and middle school students will be on the University of Kentucky campus this summer to participate in the annual See Blue STEM camp. It is a week-long day camp with hands-on projects in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

It offers students a peek into the world of STEM, including neurobiology, astronomy and the opportunity to work with LEGO robotics, building and programming their own robots. The projects also have real world applications, showing the students what a career in a STEM field might entail.

The camp was started in 2010 by Dr. Craig Schroeder, a teacher at Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington.

“My goal would be for them to find something they really enjoy to be their career, something that they’re passionate about,” Schroeder said. “I know they have fun during this week, but hopefully they go back and say ‘oh that was really exciting, I want to do more in that area.'”

Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, associate professor of math education in the Department of STEM Education, says collaboration at UK is key in making the camp a success.

“We are excited to be able to offer this program on UK’s campus to a wide range of students. The partnership between the College of Education and the College of Engineering allows for students to experience STEM in a fun and exciting college atmosphere,” she said.

For more information about the See Blue STEM Camp, or how a child can become involved, visit https://education.uky.edu/stem/camp/.