Through a series of eventful experiences in building, exploring, and studying the dynamics of scientific inventions, participants in the Odyssey Science Camp at Southern Illinois University’s Edwardsville STEM Center make the experience first-hand the excitement of science during a two-week session in July.
“The goal of Camp Odyssey is to engage students in hands-on science learning that captures their imaginations and inspires them to pursue further STEM,” said Emily Wonnacott-Stanley, SIUE STEM Center Program Coordinator. . “The SIUE Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach is running a camp using equipment from our lending library and the expertise of our staff. We engage campers at a younger age, when they are most likely to try new activities and find something they enjoy doing. For example, our Odyssey 5 campers (grades 6-7) experience different robotic platforms, which is a great precursor to coding, building, and engineering. Our Odyssey 3 group (grades 4-5) study the forms of nature and architecture, including a visit to Fuller Dome.