Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP Students attend S.T.E.M. Camp at EOSC

Twenty-eight Junior and Senior GEAR UP students from Area Public Schools recently participated in S.T.E.M. Camp at Eastern Oklahoma State College, showcasing careers and education.  Students from Antlers, Bokoshe, Canadian, Clayton, Coalgate, Hartshorne, Howe, Keota, LeFlore, McAlester, Panama, Porum, Poteau, Quinton, Rattan, Savanna, Spiro, Talihina, and Wilburton spent three days on the EOSC campus learning about different S.T.E.M. Careers and growing in their education as well. Many area organizations partnered with GEAR UP to make this week a success. City of Wilburton, Oklahoma Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wilburton, Wyoming State Parks, and Eastern Oklahoma State College all played a role in introducing students to careers and education in S.T.E.M. Paradigm Shift led students through a multi-day leadership and robot building project. The camp covered the basics of S.T.E.M. and the top 10 jobs of the future. Students also received a ChampBot Kit where they could build the bot into three different robots to complete many tasks through an app. The students showcased their new skills to parents on the final night of camp, with over 80 people in attendance. As Paradigm Shift shared, “the problem-solving skills learned at S.T.E.M. camp will help students be prepared for graduation and any career path they choose afterward.” Students had many opportunities to think outside the box of what they knew about S.T.E.M. along with furthering their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills through nightly activities and sessions. Three students stood out as our Top 3 Campers: Boone Downing, CiCi Rit, and Stetson Peek. The camp was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP program. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017 and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.
A Group of S.T.E.M. Camp students gathered at EOSC during GEAR UP Camp for a group photo. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Tanna Richardson, Tannah Davison, Stetson Peek, Anthony Kreiner, Cici Rit, Kahlan Reeves, Brooklyn Autrey, Kevin Lie, Farah Brem, (row 2) Carrick Meglemre, Alexander Pickle, William Day, Chase Slone, Mason Griffith, Annetta Jones, Sarah Jones, Ethan Tolleson, Jeremiah Brady, Bradley Buchanan, (back row) Jacob Adams, Boone Downing, Travis Turner II, Brooke Seawright, Aidan Wind, Jessie Duncan, Maddyson Gragg, Brecken Hunt and Hunter Jones.

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