Batavia, New York — Budding mathematicians, nascent scientists and emerging technologists, all local students in grades six through eight, are converging at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus this week for the Math, Science and Technology Explorers Camp. The program is organized by Business Education Alliance (BEA) in conjunction with GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) and College Tech Prep programs, and with local middle schools and a host of generous business sponsors. Collectively, organizers hope to encourage young people to explore and get excited about potential careers and professions in math, science and technology.
The four-day program runs Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12 from 8:00am to 2:30pm with activities in energy resources, aviation, aerodynamics, astronomy and robotics. While much of the program takes place at GCC, students will also go to the Genesee County Airport on Tuesday for static display aircraft, an ultra-lite presentation, hanger tours, airfoils, CO2 Racing, a visit by Val Stephens, a local 15-year-old race car driver, and also airplane rides.
On Wednesday morning, they go to Post Farm at 4103 Batavia-Elba Townline Road in Oakfield for information on robotics. Also on Wednesday, Time Warner returns again this year sponsoring the “Cracking the Code in a Digital World” activity developed through their “Connecting a Million Minds” program, and finally student teams will be challenged to build NXT robots.
The Wednesday program also includes a Parent Night Astronomy event from 8:00-10:00pm featuring Joseph Altier, outreach coordinator of the Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science and Michael Uberty, an amateur astronomer from LeRoy.
“The MST Explorers Camp is the perfect opportunity for young people to appreciate the critical role math, science and technology play throughout our society and especially in their future careers. Nearly every career path they might choose relies on one or all of these dynamic fields,” Deborah Dunlevy, College Tech Prep coordinator at Genesee said. “The need for talented professionals in math, science and technology cannot be underestimated, and we hope this week of hands-on activities get students excited and enthusiastic pursuing these subjects in the years ahead.”
Organizers, including Eve Hens, BEA director and overall camp coordinator would like to acknowledge the following sponsors for generously making the camp possible:
Alexander Central Schools
Bob Miller Flight Instruction
Byron-Bergen Central Schools
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Genesee Community College
Genesee County BEA
Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
Time Warner Cable
Turnbull Heating and Cooling
Val Stephens Racing
For further information please contact Deborah Dunlevy, at 343-0055 x 6316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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