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Free summer young engineering camps at BOCES

THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE — Participants at free summer BOCES camps will sample disciplines such as robotics, aeronautics and computer-aided design.
SPRINGVILLE — The Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services is offering free summer young engineering camps at two of its career and technical education centers.

The programs are part of the Gateway Academy to Project Lead the Way initiative and are open to area students entering seventh – ninth grades.

Young engineering summer camps will be offered at the BOCES Center at Ellicottville on July 15 – 17 and at the BOCES Center at Belmont on July 22 – 26. All camps run daily from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students are asked to bring a bag lunch.

Call 376-8383 for more information or to register for the free camps.

BOCES Career and Technical Education Director Tracie Preston said, “Our summer day camp utilizes Project Lead The Way’s project-based, hands-on and real-world problem-solving approach to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.”

Preston said that these camps are designed to “nurture kids’ imaginations, inspire creativity and develop self-confidence. As a result, the educational activities found at a camp thoroughly engage boys and girls of all backgrounds, igniting their passion and fueling interest in understanding how things work, while significantly advancing their skills in STEM subjects.”

Daily activities will include icebreakers and team-building projects, including making a human knot, building a tower or a desert shelter and role-playing a survival situation.

Campers will work separately and together on activities such as building a race car that runs entirely on mouse trap or solar power, designing and making a keychain using Inventor© software and a 3D printer or creating a spacecraft that can safely land an “eggstronaut.”

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