Camp STEMtastic was designed in collaboration with the Division of Education faculty and local area educators from the Thomasville City and Thomas County school systems to offer students the opportunity to explore the exciting fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each summer, campers have the opportunity to engage in activities and field trips centered around a specific theme related to these STEM areas.
In the 2013 - 2014 school year, the faculty at Thomas University met with local area schools to inquire about rising sixth grade students who exemplified an attitude and aptitude in the STEM areas and who would potentially like to participate in a weeklong summer camp where they would have an opportunity to explore those fields.
Thirty students were selected by their teachers to be a part of the pilot camp that met in June of 2014. The camp was called "The Science of Flight," and the campers learned about various topics related to flight and its progression.
Since its inception, the original campers have been invited back each year to continue to explore different STEM fields. Each year, Camp STEMtastic adds an additional cohort of rising sixth graders. By the time the students graduate from high school, they will have had an opportunity to participate in seven different STEM-themed camps.
One of the goals of the project is to track the student participants to see if they will continue after high-school graduation to pursue a degree or occupation in a STEM-related field.
Each year, an additional cohort of rising sixth graders will be added to the project until the original cohort of students graduate from high-school. From this point forward, additional cohorts will not be added.
Summer 2019 Camps Dates