Posted On: June 2, 2016

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For Immediate Release

In collaboration between Rhodes State College, Auglaize County Education Service Center, Mercer County Education Service Center, St. Marys Schools and local business and economic development professionals, a 2-day STEM camp will take place on June 8th & 9th. The STEM camp, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math is targeted for incoming 7th grade students of Auglaize & Mercer counties.

In 2015, through partnership with Rhodes State College and Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, St. Marys Schools offered a STEM Camp to 40 St. Marys students. Due to the success of the program, the committee members felt confident in expanding the size of the program. “St. Marys Schools already demonstrated a great model, it only made sense to keep the location, but offer the program to all students in the 2-county area, said Kelli Tebbe, Auglaize County ESC curriculum coordinator.

For this summer’s camp, the committee expanded to include local economic development professionals and the county education service centers. “By partnering with the county education service centers and economic development offices, the committee is able to bridge the connections with other school districts and business participation within Auglaize and Mercer Counties”, stated Mary Miller, St. Marys Middle School Principal.

Nearly 100 students have registered for the hands-on project learning camp. It was important to the committee for the limited seats to be offered to students who showed a genuine aptitude and interest in STEM-related content and activities. “The hands-on learning experiences that this camp will provide will help students see how STEM skills apply to certain careers…(It) could start them on a career pathway in manufacturing, IT or in concrete technology”, commented Doug Durliat, Rhodes State College workforce director. Teachers from the area school districts were invited to gain first-hand experience tying STEM to the standards and making real-world connections. The educators are looking forward to being a part of instilling enthusiasm about STEM.

This year’s sessions will cover how STEM is utilized in career fields like information technology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and construction. “Area companies have been invited to
serve as professional coaches. This will help tie the STEM activity with real-world application” said Angela Hamberg, New Bremen economic development. For example, the IT session will highlight
programming with industry representation from Midnet Media & Totally Promotional. The construction session will be focused on mixtures and measurements of concrete. Committee member Teri
Hirschfeld, VP of Quality Ready Mix arranged for use of a program developed by Ohio Ready Mix Concrete Association. At the end of the camp, a concrete pour is scheduled to take place, parents will
be invited to attend.

Other companies participating in the 2-day event include: AAP, Buschur Electric, Crown Equipment Corporation, Midwest Electric, Parker-Hannafin and Setex.

CONTACT: Angela Hamberg
June 2, 2016