Mont Alto STEM camp participants

STEM camp participants perform a chemistry experiment.

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Penn State Mont Alto expands STEM Camp with field trips and more activities

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State Mont Alto is currently taking registrations for its annual STEM Camp which provides incoming  ninth – and 10th-graders opportunities to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on activities facilitated by university faculty.

This year’s STEM Camp will be held Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the college campus.

“Last year was Penn State Mont Alto’s first STEM Camp, and the response was so overwhelming that we decided to expand components of this year’s camp,” said Helen McGarry, director of continuing education.

The “home base” for the camp will continue to be Penn State Mont Alto. This year, however, students will have the opportunity to travel to two field trip locations.

Students will visit the state-of-the art Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels at Penn State Harrisburg to learn about high tech DNA profiling techniques. Campers will also visit collaborative partner Manitowoc, Shady Grove (Pa.) to learn about engineering from the company’s world-class engineers.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students with a love of science and technology to immerse themselves in a STEM-filled week of fun and educational learning,” McGarry said.

The cost of STEM camp is $160 and includes lunch, daily snacks, and transportation to field trips.

During the weeklong day camp participants will: challenge other teams in Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics competitions, use engineering software to design a weight-bearing bridge, investigate the world of microbiology, delve into the world of chemistry, launch a homemade rocket using principles of physics, and much more.

Interested students can register online at: montalto.psu.edu/stemcamp. Registration deadline is May19.

For more information, call 717-749-4117.