Steps 2010

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Overview of the University of St. Thomas STEPS Camp

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Steps 2010

  1. 1. STEPS camp at the University of St Thomas Best Practices What is STEPS?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Hands on </li></ul><ul><li>Girls only </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering based </li></ul><ul><li>Overnight – </li></ul><ul><li>move away from day camp to life changing experience </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Theme – planes or rockets/ </li></ul><ul><li>sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers – </li></ul><ul><li>who and passion </li></ul><ul><li>Small classes </li></ul><ul><li>Small teams </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Age group – 6 th grade – time of making choices – 9 th graders… </li></ul><ul><li>Random and mixed groups </li></ul><ul><li>Same gender staff – teachers and counselors and directors – girl empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Staff that know kids and how to work with kids over content </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>30/30/30 rule </li></ul>Technical Developmental Recreational Airplane Assembly Lab Animation Lab Chemistry Lab Electricity Lab Flight Simulation Machining Lab MacGyver Wiki Design Physics Lab Plastics Lab Counselor-led Evening “TAPS” Diversity Writing Workshop Ecology Fly Night (Radio Control Airplane) History of Women in Science and Engineering Problem-Solving Relay Team Building Hip-Hop Biology Systems of the Body Crazy Olympics Dutch Auction Games Karaoke Movie Night Skit Creation Snack Party Swimming Eco Runway
  6. 6. <ul><li>FREE – makes it available to all SES </li></ul><ul><li>Take home a big project – plane or rocket </li></ul><ul><li>Random drawing to admit campers </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>One camper at a time! </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Staff – engineering students as counselors, professionals as teachers and speakers – campers are able to see all the steps to becoming an engineer </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Wrap-up meeting at the end of each summer </li></ul><ul><li>Meet year round to keep making camp better for next year </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Keep it fun!! </li></ul><ul><li>We are not afraid to make changes and try new things every year! </li></ul>

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