N. Lehigh summer STEAM camp sizzles with excitement
Slatington Elementary fifth-graders Karma Schollenberger and Kaylee Sigley are in amazement as they attempt to make their own hovercrafts during Northern Lehigh School District’s second annual STEAM camp. Visit www.tnonline.com for a video. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
Slatington Elementary students Sienna Breitfeller, third grade; Kiley Slattey, third grade; Logan Vas Dias, fourth grade; and Bishop Millroy, third grade, proudly display the tie-dye shirts they made as part of STEAM camp. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS
Make pizzas, build hovercrafts and learn about 3D printing and aquaponics.
Northern Lehigh School District students who participated in the second annual STEAM summer camp.
The camp was held this week Monday through Thursday, and will continue this coming Monday through Thursday at Slatington Elementary School.
Sixty students attended the camp, open to students of the district who are entering third through sixth grades in the 2019-20 school year, according to STEAM camp director Tim Weaber.
Weaber, a computer science teacher at Slatington Elementary, said the camp was made possible thanks to the guidance and sponsorship of the Northern Lehigh Education Foundation, as well as generous local businesses.
Students were afforded student-centered, project-based and inquiry-driven opportunities to investigate careers, conduct experiments and expand their understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
The camp also featured career presenters in the fields of agriculture, graphic arts and engineering, as well as a liquid nitrogen demonstration and presentation from the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.
“The students are having a great time this week and next week,” Weaber said.
For instance, Slatington Elementary fourth-grader Isabella Force was busy designing and creating her own chocolate confetti bar.
“I’m learning how to be an entrepreneur,” Isabella said. “We’re doing a lot of really fun things.”
Isabella said she used sprinkles and candy melts as part of the project.
“I actually really love it,” she said. “It is amazing.”
Sixth-grader Ariana Williams said she enjoyed the camp for a variety of reasons.
“We do a lot of cooking. We learn how to make things,” Ariana said. “We learn how to engineer, make new recipes, use our resources wisely.”
Ariana offered quite the ringing endorsement for students who may want to partake in the camp in the future.
“I recommend it,” she said. “Five stars.”