STEM camp inspires Lenoir County students

KINSTON, NC (WNCT)- Your children always express what they’d like to be when they grow up, but parents of college students know there can be a lack of commitment to that initial idea.

One S.T.EM. camp in the East is trying to get children involved early.

No rules apply when using your imagination to build something unique. That’s exactly what elementary and middle school students did Thursday afternoon.

“We came up with a dog collar to like attract the dog during night,” camper Anya Schrader said.

Camper Logan Rogers said, “We invented a fishing lure that flaps its wings and splashes on top of the water.”

Many students say they either attended the camp because their parents made them or they were interested in S.T.E.M.

“They realize that they have the brainpower to create something that have maybe never been invented before and it gives them confidence that may be a lot of these kids don’t have the opportunity to get sometimes,” camper Nicole Hathaway said.

As students continue to get creative in the classroom and learn more about S.T.E.M. It could help them in the long run. Lenoir county economic director Mark Pope says S.T.E.M. jobs in Lenoir County are endless.

Mark Pope said, “West Company, we look at Sanderson Farms, Smithfield Foods, spirit aero systems, north state aviation and the list is very long.”

Parents say they’re happy the kids had the opportunity to gain more knowledge this summer.

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