Germantown, Tennessee--June 14, 2018--Houston Middle STEAMed into their annual summer STEM Stangs Camp. STEAM, in case you were wondering, is a melding of science, technology, engineering, math AND art. Each year, the staff at GMSD arranges an excellently themed summer camp open to all Germantown students. Campers this year spent each morning learning and making artistic messes, tie dying shirts, exploring glowing slime, growing crystal gardens, and creating bubbling lava lamps that all sparked students’ curiosity.
Daily, student engineers explored the world of robots, graphic design and 3D printing. These groups provided challenges for students to work towards including; drawing with robots, basic logo design, and 3D printed keychains. Camper Riley Hume said, “My favorite part was programming robots. I did not think they could make the robot draw something, but it did! I cannot wait to take STEM in middle school.”
One of the camp creators and HMS STEM teacher, Ms. Taylor said, “This year’s camp was the best ever. We took two incredible field trips”. The group spent a day at the Memphis Metal Museum. Students toured the art exhibits Forge and Tributaries. They also watched a blacksmith demonstration as he created a decorative hook using a forge and handmade tools. Students even had an opportunity to create a cooper bracelet. The second field trip took the campers to Paint a Piece where they engaged in ‘galaxy’ pottery painting. Campers were given a tour and explanation of the use of kilns and the pottery process. Both of these trips allowed students to see STEAM in action by highlighting the connection between creating and designing art and the science of metalwork and pottery.