What is STEM Camp?
STEM Camp is a hands-on way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Campers get to make things like robots and video games, cooperate with teammates and compete in fun challenges.
Each camp is 5 days of skill-building activities with a particular focus, so each week is totally different. In a typical 8-hour day, campers work on STEM projects for half of the time, with several breaks for games (like chess) and exercise (such as frisbee golf).
These camps are hosted at Sierra Middle School in Parker, Colorado and taught by their STEM teacher in his well-equipped computer lab. This is a great way for elementary school students to get a taste of some technology electives that are offered in middle school and get a head start on figuring out how much you love this field.
The teaching method involves highly customized projects that adapt for student interest and ability levels. This can be a great opportunity for a middle or high school student to work with expert guidance on an advanced project.
Mr. Swiryn teaches at Sierra Middle School where he has developed an advanced STEM class and a video game design class. He also coaches the chess club, robotics club, flag football, cross country, wrestling, and basketball teams.
Mr. Swiryn has over a decade of teaching experience that spans preschool to high school physics, gifted student programming, and a variety of creative technology classes. His prior experience running an IT Consulting company and being an engineer in the 90s also help him deliver instruction that is grounded with real-world priorities.
Ms. Hanson is a science teacher at The Colorado Springs School. She is also in charge of the ultimate frisbee club, the school yearbook, and the school garden. You can ask her about the field trip she led to Madagascar!
Ms. Hanson shares the passion and vision of STEM Camp: that learning can be rigorous and fun at the same time.