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Education briefs: Gray Stone hosts summer STEM camps

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MISENHEIMER — Gray Stone Day School recently hosted two summer STEM camps for rising sixth and seventh graders. They will sponsor two more toward the end of the summer as well.

Using new Design Lab space, Jeff Brown created a unique camp where students built from scratch a hydraulic robot. Using common materials such as cardboard, skewers and oral medicine syringes the students built a robot that had a jointed model arm and a simulated hand capable of picking objects up all mounted on a rotating base. Campers learned about robotics, levers and hydraulics and then applied their knowledge to the construction of their robot.

During the week the students learned how to fabricate and assemble many complex parts using
hand and power tools. The purpose of the camp is to give young students a taste of STEM thru a realistic and very engaging project.

“I want them to get excited about STEM and see STEM as a way to solve real world problems and get exposure to engineering in a way that is relative for them,” Brown said

Students took their robots home at the end of the camp.
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