May 1, 2014


Summer STEM Camps

Consistent with Northeast Alabama Community College’s emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the college recently announced that it would sponsor the second annual Summer STEM Experience in June. The experience will include three activities.

A Robotics Day Camp will be held the week of June 9-13 (9 am–4 pm) for students who will be in grades 6-8 next year. During this camp, students will learn how to build, program, and operate simple robots. The cost is $59, which includes lunch each day.

Rising 9th–12 graders may attend a Manufacturing Day Camp the week of June 9-13 (9 am–4 pm) in which the student will be introduced to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects and site visits to manufacturing facilities. In addition, students will be introduced to basic entrepreneurial concepts and skills. Students will walk through the manufacturing process and will go home at the end of the week with a project that they will design and produce. The cost is $59, which includes lunch each day. This camp is co-sponsored by GH Metal Solutions and Fabricators and Manufacturers’ Association, and is partially supported by a grant from the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation.

“This manufacturing camp is a great way to introduce a young person to the thrill of building something (i.e. manufacturing),” said Edwin Stanley, VP of Operations at GH Metal Solutions. “Today’s manufacturing is a high-tech, high-skill career, not just a job. There are great opportunities for anyone who can develop the skills needed to perform in tomorrow’s manufacturing world.”

For the second year, NACC will offer a dual enrollment class to prepare eligible students for the BEST Robotics competition in the fall. Students will study engineering, design, and manufacture of specific robot components while meeting Monday nights during the summer. Students may obtain both college and elective high school credit for successful completion of this course. The cost of this course is $420; scholarships may be available to those who qualify.

According to Edwin Stanley, “Much of America, as we know it today, was built on manufacturing and the industrial revolution that was paced by our nation. Somehow we have forgotten or lost our passion for manufacturing. We need this back in our next generation.”

These summer activities are intended to develop that sense of passion for inventing, building, and innovating.

To learn more about any of the Summer STEM Experience activities, contact Julie George in the Skills Training Division at ext. 2254. Registration materials are located on the college website at Click on Summer Career Camps. Early registration is recommended, as seating is limited. The deadline to register is May 15.

Edwin Stanley, VP of Operations at GH Metal Solutions, describes the manufacturing process to participants in last year’s Summer STEM Experience.