Record number of students attend Hot Rod STEM Camp at LDHS

Jun 30 Written by  Staff Reports

FRC Team 4451 Robotz Garage hosted the 3rd Annual Hot Rod STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summer Camp at LDHS on June 20-23. Sixty-nine rising 3rd through 8th graders spent the week learning how to unlock the "STEM Within" themselves. 

Students attended from a wide variety of schools including E.B. Morse, Ford, Gray Court-Owings, Hickory Tavern, Laurens Elementary, Laurens Middle, Sanders, Waterloo, Berry Shoals Intermediate, Clinton Elementary, Clinton Middle, East Point Academy, Greenville Charter, Greenwood Christian, Homeschool, Laurens Academy, Mauldin Elementary, Merrywood Elementary and Woodruff Primary.  

Classroom instruction included programming Lego Mindstorm robots, creating 3D models on tinkercad.com, soldering circuit boards, design-it-yourself water filters, jello earthquake tooth pick buildings, code.org,  and building water rockets.

Team were subdivided into element groups to compete in five different "design challenges:" a paper airplane, craftstick bridge, propeller car, squashed tomato, and egg drop.

On Tuesday, Nicole Papay from Fox Carolina's "The Morning News" shared how she uses STEM to develop her morning forecast. Laurens County EMS stopped by on Friday to share how they use STEM to save lives.

The camp visited Happy Cow Creamery on Thursday to learn how they use STEM to develop an environmentally sustainable "12 Aprils" system to keep their cows happy. Rotating the herd so they are always eating something green (even in the winter) allows their cows to live twice as long and produce more milk than other cows.  

The camp has grown from 40 the first year to almost 70 this summer. 

“We hope to continue to share our love for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” said LDHS teacher Rob Sheffied. “Camp would not be possible without the support of Michelin Laurens Proving Grounds and several volunteers including Beth Towles, Steve Bishop, Stacie Banister, Yvonne Simmonds, Nicole Sheffield, Lucky Marone, Matthew Brownlee, Katie Waters, Nate Towles and several current and past team members of ROBOTZ Garage.  

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