2015 Urban STEM Camp

Urban STEM Camp 2015

Project Still I Rise (PSIR) held its fifth Urban S.T.E.M. Camp at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas on June 7th through 10th, 2015. The camp was created to give students from underserved communities throughout Dallas an opportunity to learn more about S.T.E.M. disciplines through workshops, presentations and competency drills.

This year's Urban STEM Camp served 30 middle ?high school students, providing them with an intellectually stimulating environment designed to strengthen their STEM skills. The camp kicked off with presentations given by the University of Texas at Dallas staff on financial aid, the college application process, scholarships, and college life. Following the presentation, the participants then had an opportunity to compete in S.T.E.M. based competitions, which taught them the value of teamwork and innovation.

This year's camp had a focus on coding and programing. The Urban S.T.E.M. camp partnered with the Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The student's attended daily workshops on "Enjoyable coding with Alice" and "Enjoyable coding with JavaScript". The camp concluded with a corporate field trip to PepsiCo Frito ?Lay Headquarters in Plano, Texas. While on the field trip student's had an opportunity to learn more about the company, meet and greet professional engineers and take a corporate plant tour.

Sponsors for this year's camp included The University of Texas at Dallas, The Johnson School Engineering and Computer Science, Rockwell Collins, Texas Instruments BEI, PepsiCo Frito Lay and McDonalds.