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STEM Camp kicks off at RCTC


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester kids are looking to the future, as they have some fun discovering what a career in math or science could one day hold for them.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Camp kicked off Monday morning at Rochester Community and Technical College and 115 kids were very busy learning and creating.

STEM camp is a week-long academic camp for students that have just completed grades 3, 4, and 5.

42 of the 115 students are on full scholarship from the Minnesota Summer Enrichment fund. Instructors are teachers from local high schools, IBM employees, and professors at RCTC.

The camp has three programs: "The Apprentice" students will create a video game and a business model for it.

Students in "Future Doctor Training" are learning about the medical field and animals and got to see a sugar glider today.

In the third program, kids will learn engineering skills and research as they build a Lego robot.

James is a camper in that First Lego League Boot Camp, and says his favorite part about camp is that he can't do most of these things at school.

"You can't build a robot in school, they don't let you. And you don't - you're not allowed - not everyday do you have assemblies and stuff," he said Monday.

The camp runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all week, and students will continue learning and working on their projects until Friday.

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