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CSUB Kern Rural Teacher Residency's Camp BLAST! Ignites STEM Curiosity for Young Learners

Beginning June 12, more than 400 adventurous Kern County elementary and middle school students and 54 of their teachers will launch 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’s Department of Teacher Education and the Lamont Elementary School District, Semitropic Elementary School District, and Buttonwillow Union School District.

The program was created to serve school districts and students in rural communities. It is designed to ignite students’ curiosity in STEM topics; train teachers in an engaging, interactive STEM curriculum; and broaden teachers’ experience in STEM topics. 

As a capstone project for completing the Kern Rural Teacher Residency program, residents are guided to develop and train on all STEM curriculum being used in Camp BLAST!  They will co-teach alongside the new cohort of Kern Rural Teacher Residents who began their credential program coursework this summer.

Camp BLAST! continues through July 6. Student demonstrations and maker-space tours will take place at Family Nights at the following locations:

  • Myrtle Avenue School, 10421 Myrtle Avenue, Lamont, on Thursday, June 29, at 6 p.m.
  • Buttonwillow Elementary School, 42600 CA-58, Buttonwillow, on Tuesday, June 27, at 6 p.m.

Media are welcome to attend either session.

The final camp days will be held at CSUB on July 5 and 6. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to experience the learning process as well as the student engineering that is taking place daily in camp.  Students are so proud of their accomplishments and new STEM knowledge,” said Anaya Lee, CSUB lecturer and Buttonwillow Camp Director.

Camp BLAST! began in 2010 and has grown each year. Today, more than 550 students in fourth through seventh grades participate in the STEM program. 

“Each year we look forward to providing the opportunity to not only teach the students in our rural partner school districts, but to provide each of our candidates impactful first experiences into their future profession,” said CSUB Lecturer and Lamont Camp Director Jesus Esquibel. “It is our hope to develop a model for future STEM instruction in a summer school setting.

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