The Heights

Updated: March 13, 2017

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STEM Summer Camp provides hands-on experience with real-world problems

Registration is open for the Foothill College STEM Summer Camp. The annual camp, open to middle and high school students, offers kids and teens the opportunity to apply scientific techniques to real-world projects.

Students can create video games, robots and 3-D models, among other things. All projects start from scratch and all students leave with a product of their own design.

“The camp was started because we wanted to show and prove that science can be fun,” said Oxana Pantchenko, STEM Camp coordinator and director of the Science Learning Institute (SLI). “Each day, our instructors introduce a variety of hands-on activities for students of all ages, regardless of their background and level of experience.”

There are several new classes this year for students to choose from. Python, Biomedical Engineering, C++ and Product Design are some recent additions for high school students. One new option for middle school students is Aquaponics and Sustainable Innovation, where kids will design their own ecosystems.

Eighth-grade student Aarushi Buddhavarapu took Roller Coaster Science last summer. Students used scientific concepts to design their own roller coasters.

“When I normally go on a roller coaster, I don't think about the physics behind it. This course really gave me an insight on the physics -- it was exciting,” she said. “This year we are starting physics, and I'm already encountering things that I learned in the camp.” 

The first session of STEM Summer Camp begins June 12. Classes fill up fast, so parents are encouraged to register their students early. Scholarships are available for students in need. For a full list of classes and to register, visit

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