Academic summer camp returns to Mid, teaches the value of STEM skills

Mid Michigan College is one of just 16 community colleges across the country to host a three-week academic summer camp for girls in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

Mid is once again hosting the Verizon Innovative Learning Program this year. The three-week program teaches STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, skills to local children.

The program enrolls 100 girls in the courses at Mid and at no charge to the students and their families. Students also receive daily lunches and a personal tablet for use at the camp.

More than 1,500 students will take part in the program at 16 community colleges nationwide.

"We are so excited to bring this opportunity to our local students, and allow them to discover passions and career paths that will positively impact their futures," says Mid Michigan College President, Dr. Christine Hammond.

Verizon’s program, launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, encourages the development of STEM skills through real-world applications that include augmented reality, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and more.

The three-week course is followed by monthly sessions throughout the school year where students develop technology solutions for community problems. These problems will align with the United Nations and its Sustainable Development Goals, which include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice, and gender equality.

The Verizon Innovative Learning Program occurs weekdays from Monday, July 22, through Friday, Aug. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interested students should register by June 28 and can do so by contacting Sarah Kohler at skohler@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622 x535.

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