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Academy Students Shine at STEM Summer Camp

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Academy Students at GIST summer camp

This summer, Salem Academy students assisted at a summer camp in Buxton, N.C., for the Girl Scouts of the USA: GIST for Girls Imagineering in Science and Technology. Salem students crafted and directed camp activities for 46 attendees in grades 1 through 7.

Libby Tawes, class of 2017, helped to plan many of the activities. Joined by classmates Laura Browne, Sidnee Everhart, and Maggie Kennedy, the girls helped to organize the daily schedule, featuring multiple activities that introduced scientific and mathematical principles to campers. Some included exploding bags, making slime and edible playdough, simulating an earthquake, crafting marshmallow shooters, an egg drop, homemade lava lamps, catapult creation, and more. Campers were also introduced to Phoenix, the robot created by Salem students on the Sisters of the Motherboard robotics team. Phoenix has competed many times over the last year, earning the Academy’s robotics team distinctions in competition.

Assisting at GIST is an outreach program of the Academy robotics program, which is made possible by funding from the Mebane Foundation. Plans are underway to participate in a 2015 summer camp.

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