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Local youth attend first college science summer camp

Over 100 youth participated in the first SWTJC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Camp. Youth members from the surrounding communities were introduced to the importance of a STEM education and engaged in hands-on STEM activities.

Four camps were held between July 17 and July 27. Participants channeled their inner engineer to design, create, and improve upon their engineering constructs.

The summer camps were held on the Eagle Pass Campus on July 17 and 18; Del Rio Campus, July 19 and 20; Uvalde Campus, July 24 and 25, and on the Crystal City Campus on July 26 and 27.

Additional activities included learning the various states of matter and candy math, an after-lunch activity in which students determined the color distribution of a bag of M&M's.

Nora Padilla, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Park Ranger also spoke of the various wildlife flora and fauna found at the Devils River State Natural Area.

"I am thankful to the parents for enrolling their children and to all the volunteers for their time,” said STEM Outreach Coordinator and camp organizer Oscar Gaytan. “I am happy to see a continued increase of STEM awareness in our community and look forward to seeing more community members take advantage of our existing resources and STEM Career Pathways."

The college is currently hosting the STEM Boot Camp for students currently pursuing a STEM Career Pathway. For more information on STEM or digital media from past events, please visit swtjc.us/stem or contact Oscar Gaytan, STEM Outreach Coordinator, at oegaytan@swtjc.edu.