Almost 40 middle school students from southwest Arkansas attended a STEM camp June 24-26 at Henderson State University’s Simonson Biological Field Station at DeGray Lake. The camp, entitled Wonderful Water Days, was hosted by HSU’s Talent Search program and the South Arkansas Mathematics and Science STEM Center.
Faculty from the STEM Center and Henderson’s biology and chemistry departments presented hands-on lab sessions and experiences that included water and DNA testing. Personnel from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Game and Fish, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also made presentations.
“Henderson Talent Search provides STEM Camp to middle school students to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as a way to connect a rigorous curriculum to the outside world and STEM careers,” said Robyn Chastain, Talent Search assistant director. “Our goal is to promote the student’s understanding of rigorous coursework, as well as understanding the benefits of enrolling in a rigorous program of study once they begin high school.”
Students from Arkadelphia, Bismarck, Bauxite, Malvern, Magnet Cove and Gurdon participated in the camp. For more information about Talent Search, please call (870) 230-5599.