WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first Engineering Explorations Summer Camp held at West Orange High School over the summer was considered a success by instructors, students, and parents alike.

One parent, Tracey Palmer, noted that she was “beyond pleased” with the enrichment program and would highly recommend it.

"STEM concepts were presented and applied in a practical yet captivating manner such that my two sons remained engaged and excited about STEM,” she said.

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Participating students, who ranged in age from eight to 15, learned various disciplines in a fun and exciting environment.

STEM principles were taught through innovative hands-on projects like a marble run, water-powered rockets and solar-powered fans in the Foundations of STEM course; solar-powered cars, model skyscrapers, flashlights and roller coasters in the Engineering Design course; and designing their own T-shirt, magnets and stickers in the 3D Prototyping and Graphic Design course.

In addition, students fabricated alarm circuits, robotic circuits and learned Arduino programming in the Robotics: Fabrication and Programming course. Students enjoyed the summer weather each day during “technology recess,” where they flew quad-copter drones, drove RC cars, raced RC boats, played vintage video games and examined the latest technologies like virtual reality.

"My son loved the virtual reality games, flying the drones, and racing the RC cars and boats,” said parent Elliott Williams. “I loved that camp challenged my son with unique STEM projects you don't see at other camps, and also had him complete an engineering portfolio.”

Parent Fatou Mybaye said son enjoyed the three-week program, where he was “challenged daily and had to use his critical and analytical skills daily to complete his projects."

Camp Founder and Technology and Engineering Supervisor at West Orange High School Ryan DelGuercio said he was thrilled with all the positive feedback from West Orange’s first Engineering Explorations camp.

“Our goal is to provide students with rigorous STEM content through hands-on learning, while at the same time making camp fun with the many different activities in our Technology Recess,” said DelGuercio. “After all, it's summer and kids need to have fun."

See all the photos from Engineering Explorations Summer Camp here.

Visit the Engineering Explorations website here.

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