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Building STEM Awareness

HANDS-ON LEARNING - Fulton Independent School's 21st Century Community Learning Centers "Bulldogs Beyond the Bell" program hosted their second of four summer camps last week at Carr Elementary School. Students were treated to four days of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. Students are going to learn how to build and launch marshmallow catapults, how to build and fly mini kites, how to build and race balloon rockets and how to create volcanos and various aspects of buoyancy. They also determined if a bird can live in a milk carton and if bubbles can be made out of syrup and if those syrup bubbles can fly. The students also designed and built a toy from Lego blocks and then created a magazine ad for the toy. Students also learned the STEM skills required to complete each process they attempted. FIS staff conducted the camps. Heather Roberts, librarian at Fulton Public Library, visited Carr and conducted a session during the camp. Space is still available in the two July camps, but only FIS students who have completed second grade through students who have completed seventh grade qualify to attend. The other two camps are set for the week of July 9 and July 14. They will feature a study of how different sporting events began and what the rules entail as well as a study of animals that make their homes in and around the Fulton area. The July camps will include a field trip to a Fulton Railroaders game as well as a trip to Land Between the Lakes. The four weeks of camp, themed "Literacy is Everywhere – Incorporating Reading and Writing in Everything We Do,"  are funded with federal 21st CCLC funds. For more information about the camps, please contact Kim Jobe, FIS 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, at 662-396-1413. 



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