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Grand Forks Public Schools to host STEM camp for military-connected students

About 125 students will participate in activities designed to help them explore STEM careers

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The Mark Sanford Education Center, headquarters of Grand Forks Public Schools. (Grand Forks Herald photo)
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GRAND FORKS – About 125 students, who are military-connected, will be taking part in a STEM-focused camp Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-19, at South Middle School.

The STEMKAMP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Kids of Active Military Personnel) will provide fun, hands-on, immersive activities designed to help students explore a wide range of STEM-related career fields.

The participating students are heading into grades 3-8 this fall.

In 2020, Grand Forks Public Schools was selected as one of 10 entities nationwide to participate in the STEMKAMP program. The school system was invited to host STEMKAMP by Goshen Education Consulting, Inc., a STEM educational evaluation and research center, based in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Goshen selected Grand Forks based on its connection with families employed at Grand Forks Air Force Base.


In a survey conducted last year, “83% of Grand Forks parents or guardians agreed that STEMKAMP made their child feel more confident learning STEM disciplines,” Shannon McWhorter, STEMKAMP program director, said in a news release. “We love seeing the students' excitement for STEM grow each day of camp. STEMKAMP is really igniting a passion for STEM for students.”

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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