camp staff working with youth campers

Are Academic Camps Fun?

June 12, 2018

Growing up I participated in various academic summer camps and I can say they are some of my favorite memories. At first, like many young people, I was very hesitant to attend an academic camp. I remember thinking to myself "I want to have a fun summer" or "I don't want to do school work during the summer". However, many of my teachers encouraged me and ensured me that it would be nothing like school.

kids dressed up as zombies

Designing a Memorable Summer Science Camp: Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

June 5, 2018

It was the end of the week and all the youth put on a showcase of accomplishments for their families. Some stumbled across the stage dressed in perfect undead makeup and costumes as zombies. Others demonstrated their pop can fishing poles they designed to survive and forage for food.

STEM Events June 2018 and ways to celebrate

STEM Celebrations in June

May 31, 2018

June is Camping Month, and it's a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Research shows that people who spend time camping are happier, more relaxed, and tend to buy more bug repellant. Need ideas for celebrating Camping Month indoors? Check out these 31 Easy and Fun Camping Theme Ideas and Activities from Teach Junkie.

NASA technology

It's Not Just about Space: Using NASA Technology to Inspire Youth

May 29, 2018

When most people think of NASA technology, they think of technology used in space exploration to the Moon, Mars or the most distant galaxies in the universe. But did you know NASA technologies also benefit life on right here on Earth, in the form of commercial products? "NASA spinoffs" are in your everyday life –they can be found all around you, from your smartphone and household appliances to your car and even in baby formula.

astronaut in space suit

Resources to Inspire Youth to Look to the Sky

May 22, 2018

"The Space race helped to create a fascination with science and lead to great advances in technology, including the first large-scale integrated circuits which are the basis of all modern computers" (Hawking).

STEM Events May 2018 and ways to celebrate

STEM Celebrations in May

April 26, 2018

National Space Day, Star Wars Day, National Astronaut Day, Museum Day, and Sally Ride Day

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The Perspective of a Military Dependent

April 24, 2018

They say, "You don't know what you have until it's gone." That's not entirely true -- as a graduate student who recently turned 26, I was well aware of what I had. A great insurance plan from the military that I was able to utilize for the first 26 years of my life, all thanks to my father's service in the United State Army. This, however, is only one of the tangible benefits that military dependents get to experience.