More than 60 local middle and high students participated in the 2020 AT&T ROC Virtual STEM Summer Camp, which used a video game platform to provide science, technology, engineering and math lessons.
This free program helped enhance students’ STEM knowledge and skills as they completed activities during instructor-led sessions and with their peers. They met game developers, learned about STEM careers and were coached in designing their own science-based quests.
The virtual program was created to provide students an opportunity to learn, interact with others and have fun safely to fill the void left by canceled summer programs during the pandemic.
Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-138th District, virtually visited the camp to address student participants on the importance of engaging in STEAM education and career paths. Students had the chance to present Bronson their game pitches for new STEM game content they designed as part of the camp.
“I applaud AT&T for their interest in preparing our young people for an exciting future,” Bronson said. “This educational program invites learning under the guise of fun. I know that the students are going to bring what they have learned at camp to their next classroom and share this experience with others. The commitment these young people are demonstrating to scientific education gives me great hope in our next generation of leaders.”
The program included new content focused on COVID-19 and racial justice, and how science and technology can be used to address these issues. Students looked at careers in STEM jobs, including video game development careers and meeting professional platform developers. They worked through the program to create their own quest proposals around these relevant topics.