STEM Camp 2015
Third Annual SDUSD JROTC STEM Camp
28 July - 1 August
Known particularly for their expertise in leadership and citizenship development, JROTC also knew that their Cadet Command military leaders had expressed a desire for a greater role in assisting educators and their meet for today's academic challenges. Through his Command's support at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Dr. Bruce Westermo, Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering at San Diego State University; LTC David Guzman, the District JROTC Program Manager initiated a request to conduct a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camp for 50 JROTC cadets in the SDUSD.
The STEM Camp funding gave an opportunity for establishing a program which prepares students to be leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - the so-called STEM disciplines. The STEM camp encouraged the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creative and innovative reasoning. Hands-on experiments included building remote control robotic devices, studying robotic programming, and learning the anatomy of the human heart. The camp also included learning how the circulatory system functions, making a heart pump, doing a laparoscopic surgery activity, creating a rocket-powered cars, attempting to fly an airplane through the use of flight simulators, exploring the use of solar panels and experimenting with hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Purpose: Introduce selected JROTC cadets to STEM career opportunities, provide direct exposure to college atmosphere, STEM curriculum and STEM related work sites.