STEM Comes Alive Boot Camp

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Riverland STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Comes Alive Boot Camp

Important Dates to Remember

  • STEM Camp Dates: July 19–23, 2021 | 8–4
  • Application Deadline:  July 1.
  • STEM Camp is free for students

The STEM Comes Alive Boot Camp is a free week-long program for teens and local high school students entering 9-12th grades. During STEM Camp, students will have the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by taking part in curriculum, applied learning activities, STEM-based project learning, and field trips. Students will have the opportunity to explore future careers, job opportunities, and educational pathways. Please use the online application for proper registration.

STEM Instructor
Riverland Instructor leading a session in STEM Camp

This one-week program will increase students’ knowledge and skills through:

  • Highlighting important environmental and societal issues related to STEM
  • Interaction with Riverland Community College faculty and staff
  • Applied-learning activities with local STEM leaders
  • Fun research-based methods and projects
  • Guest speakers, field trips, and laboratory/outdoor activities
  • Team-building, games, and a supportive atmosphere!

Students receive guidance and support through dedicated instructors, advisors, counselors and tutors.

In order to be considered to participate with the STEM Comes Alive Boot Camp, you must:

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Wait for further details from the STEM Camp Coordinator

What Our Students Are Saying

  • I really liked it! There is so much hands-on activities and processes we get to experience. You learn so many things and what you learn is really vital. It not only gives you a better perspective, but it also helps your life and what you can decide for yourself in the future
  • It was a lot better than I thought it was going to he. It was very fun
  • Everything was really great. It was much better than I imagined STEM Camp would be
  • I’m really glad that I could make friends AND have fun!
  • It was a lot more fun than I thought. It kept me interested and I learned lots
  • It was a lot better than I thought it would be and I appreciate everything that I have learned
  • I was thinking that it was going to mostly be bookwork. It was actually very fun and immersive!
  • At first, I was really nervous and afraid about meeting new people and also working with college teachers. It was really fun – there were things and words I didn’t know that I learned. It was better than I thought, and I wish it could have been a month instead of just a week!
  • Love the hands-on experiences!
  • I liked it because I got to do things I don’t get to do at school
  • Amazing! I got to meet new people and learn more about science and chemistry
  • Can’t really explain it because you need to be there to see it!
  • It was great! I thought that we would just sit inside but we did so much more!

27/27 graduates would recommend STEM Camp to a friend!


Camp Will Focus on Renewable Energy:

  • What is it? Why is it important?
  • Different types
  • Value / importance
  • Efficiencies
  • Current / future sources
  • Opportunities / challenges
  • The impact it has on our economy, environment, and society

Camp Activities Include:

  • Field trips to a wind farm, solar farm, and ethanol plant
  • Lab experiments with state-of-the-art STEM equipment
  • Applying research methods to exploring and solving problems
  • Interaction with industry / community professionals

What We Do:

  • We establish a learning community where students learn, study and explore together
  • We explore STEM and the how it impacts our local and regional economies
  • We establish team-building skills and cooperation
  • We provide support through dedicated instructors, advisors, counselors, and tutors
  • We enjoy fun out-of-class activities and events to reinforce learning
  • We work together to set personal and career goals

Graduates will:

  • Improve reading, writing, math, communication, and study skills
  • Increase confidence, leadership skills and motivation for college and STEM careers
  • Recognize the importance of STEM curriculum
  • Receive career exploratory advice and opportunities for future employment
  • Identify their learning style
  • Develop education and career plans