WESTFIELD, NJ – Paul Pineiro, Westfield Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, shared a STEM Camp video at Tuesday’s Westfield Board of Education meeting that showcased its summer program offered by the Westfield Public Schools.
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Registration opened this spring and within the first hour of online registration, the camp was full. There was a small waiting list but organizers were able to accommodate everyone for one of the three weeks that the program was offered.
“So far we’ve been fairly lucky in that any small waiting list that we’ve had has been able to be accommodated. Because we have the three weeks, we are able to get everybody in,” Pineiro said at the meeting.
The program hosted 384 students this summer and was opened to rising third to eighth grade Westfield students. The program tuition was $270 and ran Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Edison Intermediate School for three one-week sessions.
“It’s this idea that students get to play but, it’s also trial and error,” Pineiro said. “Failure is looked at differently. It’s not failure, it’s just another attempt before moving on towards something that might be closer to what it is you have to solve.”
According to the program’s website, campers participated in four different workshops that offered hands-on, real-world STEM activities. Workshop offerings included wearable technology, robotics, python programming, forensics, CAD, food science, instrumental engineering and other STEM related topics.
“Personally I really like tinkering with things,” said fifth grade STEM camper Catherine Ritter in video. “This is really fun because in most of my classes I just get to play with things and tinker with them.”
“There’s no grades. There’s no pressure to do well. It’s really just about having fun and it’s really about learning,” said Instrumental Engineering Teacher James Doyle in the video. “It takes the best of both worlds — it takes camp and school and kind of combines them into something that’s a little more than just camp but a little less intense than school.”