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CSUB’s Camp BLAST! Ignites STEM Curiosity for Young Learners

On June 13, 400 adventurous Kern County elementary and middle school students and 55 of their teachers launched into lessons in science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB’s) Camp BLAST! The summer camp is a collaboration among CSUB and the Lamont Elementary School District, Semitropic Elementary School District, and Buttonwillow Union School District. The program was created to serve rural communities, their school districts, and students, and is designed to ignite students’ curiosity in STEM topics, train teachers in an engaging, interactive STEM curriculum, and broaden teachers’ experience in STEM topics.

Camp BLAST! continues through July 7. Student demonstrations and maker-space tours will take place for family and the community on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Alicante Avenue School (7998 Alicante Ave, Lamont, CA 93241), and June 30 at 6 p.m. at Buttonwillow Elementary School (42600 CA-58, Buttonwillow, CA 93206). Media are welcome to attend either session. The final nights will conclude at CSUB on July 6 and 7.

Camp BLAST! originated as a NASA-funded program, the Summer of Innovation. CSUB introduced the Summer of Innovation program in the Lamont Elementary School District in 2010. Although NASA funding did not persist, both CSUB and the school district saw great value in the program and continued the camp with alternative funding. Today, more than 550 students ranging from 4th-7th grade, participate each year in the STEM program.

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