Neighborhood Longhorns Explore the Wonders of Science during Week-Long STEM Camp
This week, a group of budding scientists are visiting various locations on the UT Austin campus and around Austin in pursuit of fun scientific adventures. From museum visits to hands-on experiments in computer labs, these students in the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP) are exploring the wide, wondrous world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Only two days into the week-long STEM camp, the students have already built a balloon tower, explored the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s Visualization Lab, toured the Texas Memorial Museum and experimented with magnets. Tomorrow, they’re off to the Thinkery, where they will participate in various activities in the Space 8 lab. On Friday, they’ll wrap the week up with more experiments, explorations into industrial engineering and a camper celebration.
STEM Camp 2015 is one of the many programs within the NLP that encourages young children to think about college at an early age. The program serves more than 6,000 students in the 30 Austin Independent School District (AISD) schools. In partnership with AISD, the program serves economically disadvantaged youth (grades 2-8) who are at higher risk of experiencing academic difficulties.