VIDEO: EdWatch: STEM camp inspires younger generation
A local camp helps shape young, molding minds towards careers in engineering.
WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.
A camp at the University of Delaware is changing the way kids look at engineering.
"I think that the only way that you can figure out that you'd like to be a chemical engineer or a composites engineer is to know it exists," says Mel Jurist, the camp's academic program manager.
Colleen Murray, a former camper, says she met her engineering role models at this camp. She's the perfect success story as Murray now interns at the UD Center for Composite Materials.
"Now, I'm actually working side-by-side with in the lab, and I'm considered equal to them, which is amazing because they inspired me to take after this career path," says Murray.
The camp helps kids discover engineering by making activities kid-friendly by using chocolate, toothpaste, and ketchup.
Jurist says a diverse environment helps kids realize their potential and combats the lack of women and under-served minorities pursuing engineering careers.
"We have people from all kinds of ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds to sort of say, 'You can be, see you belong, there's someone like you in engineering,'" says Jurist.
J.P. Morgan Chase gave scholarships to three kids at the Boys and Girls Club so they could attend engineering camp free-of-charge.
Murray hopes her chocolate lesson will inspire future engineers.
"The more people that we can inspire to go after this, the better it will be. They started me on this path, so hopefully, I can start the next generation," Murray says.
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