HCC offers summer engineering camp for elementary school age kids

This summer Harford Community College will become one of 21 institutions across the United States to pilot Engineering Adventures, an out-of-school engineering program for kids.

Engineering Adventures was designed by the Engineering is Elementary team at the Museum of Science in Boston. According to a press release from the college, the HCC Engineering Adventures summer camp will engage students in solving a real-world problems using the engineering design process.

The camp, sponsored by Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, will be offered to students in grades one to three from Aug. 1 to 5 and to students in grades four and five Aug. 8 to 12.

Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue, a Havre de Grace resident and a certified teacher educator with Engineering is Elementary, is the lead camp instructor. She is a former engineer and serves as an assistant professor of science education in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at Towson University. According to HCC, Lottero-Perdue is involved in a reform effort within Harford County Public Schools to teach engineering in elementary schools.

During the HCC camp sessions, professionals working in the field will meet with the campers to share what it's like to be an engineer. Camp participants will be given two related trade books to extend their science/engineering learning at home.

Harford Community College is offering the camp as part of its STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiative. The college press release states there is a need for engineers, and this program introduces engineering to young people, encouraging them to think about the field in new, creative ways.

For more information or to sign up for Engineering Adventures, call 443-412-2376 or visit http://www.harford.edu.

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