Summer Camp in Bay County Preparing Kids for a Future Career in STEM

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Students are diving into stem summer camp this week at FSU's Panama City campus. It covers several interesting areas of learning. Around 70 middle schoolers are taking advantage of the STEM summer camp. They are learning chemistry, physics, the mechanics of diving, and coding. 


"We have a person who is on loan from nant health who is a coding expert to work with the youngsters on that, we have kids doing physics, and we have kids actually playing with chemicals doing chemistry," said Ginger Littleton. 


The camp is funded through a grant from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. It gives students the opportunity to participate in hands-on academic projects. 


"We want all of our youngsters to take lots of math and science and when they do go to FSU Panama City or anywhere they want to and access a career in stem," said Littleton. 


This summer marks the 11th year for the stem camp in Bay County. Students from all over were invited to join in on the week of learning. Many are excited for more than just one reason.

"It's a great way to make new friends you get to learn so many new things they have so many different categories like chemistry, physics, coding, it's just endless it's like five different classes that they have," said Lakenya Dorsey, Everitt Middle School.


Organizers said the camp's main priority is for students to not only learn in the moment, but to prepare for the years ahead. 


"A bunch of jobs of now and the future rely heavily on stem expertise," said Littleton. 

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