Bellevue Public Schools’ science, technology, engineering and math camps kicked off last week, and they’ve expanded and grown to entertain around 70 children each week.
The STEM camps began in 2007 with only the science portion and expanded in 2010 with the addition of math and technology.
Now in their 12th year, the camps have integrated even more STEM-based learning, speakers and hands-on activities.
Students can switch to the different camps — science, technology or math — if they choose, or stay in the same camp for all three weeks.
Allison Rutherford, a sixth-grader at Fairview Elementary, joined the technology camp this year to learn about robots and work as a team with her colleagues.
“It’s important to see what (STEM) is in the real world with coding and other stuff,” Rutherford said. “I liked working as a team and building a maze.”
Anna Adams, an upcoming sixth-grader at LeMay Elementary, said she enjoys the STEM camps.
“I decided to do it because it sounded fun,” Adams said. “Making boats for our Sphero (robots) was my favorite thing.”
Blake Zimmerman, an upcoming sixth-grader at Fairview, said he plans to go to camp again next year.
“I love Spheros,” Blake said. “They’re fun to drive and code.”
Kenyann Hunt, a soon-to-be seventh-grader at Logan Fontenelle Middle School, said STEM is important to learn.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about tech,” he said. “I know a lot of colleges are looking for coders.”
For more information or to sign up for the last week of camp, visit bellevuepublicschools.org.