JCC STEM Camp Planned For Youth


JAMESTOWN – Exploration will be encouraged in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp for youths ages 10-14 at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus in August.

The program, which is supported by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. August 13-16. The Dream It, Do It program through the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce will provide presentation and Lego(c) robotics materials for camp participants.

The registration fee is $152, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. To register, or for more information, call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education, 338.1005. The registration deadline is August 6.

Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program in public schools may be eligible for a scholarship offered by the Jamestown Engine Plant of Cummins, Inc.

Participants can choose two of three interactive sessions: The Art of Natural Science, How a ‘Bot’ It?, and CSS: Crime Scene Solved. Separate classes of the sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon.

The Art of Natural Science, led by Judy Beckerink, will feature tree and plant as well as aquatic plant and animal identification. Activities will include the creation of animal track castings and nature photography.

Designing and building robots using Legos is the focus of How a ‘Bot’ It, which will be taught by Jill Johnson. Basic robotic engineering, manufacturing, STEM, and programming principles are emphasized throughout the sessions.

Participants in CSS: Crime Scene Solved will perform a DNA extraction, do fingerprint and hair analysis, and learn about blood analysis and typing. Instructor Susan Greenwood will guide students on analyzing a crime scene, collecting evidence, and determining the culprit.