Friday, June 20, 2014

Science and tech camps coming to Blaine County

Discover Technology to help kids with STEM


By EXPRESS STAFF

    STEM is an acronym for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” skill sets that are in high demand in today’s workforce. Discover Technology, a nonprofit organization that fosters STEM learning and innovation, will bring camps to the Wood River Valley in July.
    For youngsters in grades 1-12, the technology and science summer camps will be held in Blaine County from July 7-11 at Wood River High School. Discover Technology is offering full-day camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and half-day camps from 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.    Discover Technology was founded in 2007 by Lorna and Paul Finman, graduates of Stanford and MIT. The company focuses on fostering STEM through hands-on experience and mentor-based programs.
    “Discover Technology exists to provide kids with experiential and engaging physics and rocketry, robotics and programming learning experiences, and to inspire and successfully prepare students for careers in STEM disciplines,” Lorna Finman stated in a press release. “Discover Technology’s lively, experiential camps provide students with STEM skills needed to compete in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.”
    According to the press release, 65 percent of today’s jobs require STEM skills, and 16 of the 30 fastest growing careers demand substantial math and science education.
    “Yet, the United States is falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations,” the press release states. “As a result, business foundations and governments have set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital skills.”
    For more information, contact Discover Technology at sbothen@discovertechnology.org or 855-455-3942. Information is also available at discovertechnology.org.




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