STEM Summer Camps

Explore STEM Day Camp

  • July 6 - 9, 2021
  • Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Theme: Ideation to Market
  • 6th-9th Grade
  • Cost: $200

During this day camp, youth will explore how to be an entrepreneur by using a product idea and taking it all the way to market. Youth will work on a weeklong project, developing their own product from ideation to market. On the final day of camp, youth will share their project with STEM professionals in a Shark Tank-style showcase. Throughout the week they will attend educational sessions lead by faculty and industry professional with topics including: Ideation to Market, Engineering Design and Prototyping, and Marketing and Consumer Research, among others. On the second day of camp, youth will get behind-the-scenes tours of United Prairie Bank, Lime Valley Advertising, Inc., and Fun.com.

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Explore STEM + Ag Day Camp

  • July 26 - 29, 2021
  • Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Theme: Farm to Table
  • 6th-9th Grade
  • Cost: $200 ( Reduced early-bird fee of $150 until June 30th for this camp only).

During this day camp, youth will explore ways in which agricultural engineers, food scientists, and animal caregivers use science and technology to work together to ensure food product meets FDA standards. Youth will work on a weeklong project focusing on the supply chain of niche farming. On the final day of camp, youth will share their project with STEM professionals in a Shark Tank-style showcase.

Throughout the week they will attend educational sessions lead by faculty and industry professionals with topics including: Farm to Table Supply Chain, Pizza Farming, Ag Careers Around Us, Q&A with Niche Market Farmers, Transportation in Ag, Soil Science, and the Good and Bad “Bugs” in Food, among others.

On the second day of camp, youth will get behind-the-scenes tour of Guentzel Family Farms, Farmamerica, and Crystal Valley.  At Guentzel Family Farms, youth will get to see food growing in fields and the equipment that is used to grow, harvest and transport the food to its next destination.  At Farmamerica, youth will get to learn about soil health and sustainability as well as how nutrients play a role in nourishing the plants.  Additionally, the role of strip tilling and cover crops will be included as part of the tour.  At Crystal Valley, professionals will show their in-house scheduling and dispatch software, the technology used to operate a floater and/or sprayer, precision planting as well as the use of drones in agriculture.  Everything incorporated into the tours will give youth an inside look at things they haven’t likely thought about or seen and will show the wide array of careers tied to ag, food and natural resources.

Five financial need scholarships available with the reduced camp fee of $40, sponsored by the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence. Contact joann.jaqua@mnsu.edu for more details.

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Explore STEM Engineering Day Camp

  • August 2 - 5, 2021
  • Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Theme: Artificial Intelligence in Engineering
  • 6th-9th Grade
  • Cost: $200

During this day camp, youth will explore the use of artificial intelligence in engineering and the endless career possibilities in the field. Youth will work on a weeklong project, creating their own AI experience. On the final day of camp, youth will share their project with STEM professionals in a Shark Tank-style showcase. Throughout the week they will attend educational sessions lead by faculty and industry professional with topics including: Engineering Design Process, Virtual Reality & MSU Minecraft Monsters, Impact of Sensors on a System, and Manufacturing Technologies, among others. On the second day of camp, youth will get behind-the-scenes tours of Senneca Holdings, Blue Star Power Systems, Inc., and Dotson Iron Castings.

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For questions, please contact Joann Jaqua at joann.jaqua@mnsu.edu or 507-389-1257.

 

Looking for financial assistance? The Mankato Area United way has scholarships available for youth. Learn more by visiting their website here