One of the coolest pieces of technology at STEM Academy was the Parrot Bebop Drone. Thanks to our team's generous sponsors, SWAG was able to purchase about 20 of these high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles. Team members taught camp attendees how to operate them. To challenge their skills, campers had to navigate their drones through an obstacle course.
By the end of the week, many students were experts!
Students also explored the fundamentals of robotics through constructing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots. Mentors from Team SWAG helped students master the basics of programming and operation of these easy, but exciting, robots. Campers used the light detection technology in their LEGO Mindstorms bots to navigate an maze. By the end of STEM Academy, campers designed and programmed amazing robots that entered the ring in SumoBot competition!
The camp also featured many other aspects of STEM. Guest speaker Jeff Evans showed campers some amazing ways that science can be used through an entertaining and educational magic show! Every camper also spent a full day on the Centralia College campus exploring biology, chemistry, physics, and other exciting STEM fields. STEM Academy also had an amazing full day field trip hosted by Boeing's Future of Flight Foundation. Through numerous enriching activities, Team SWAG's STEM Academy helped campers experience science in amazing new ways.