BOCES hosts summer STEM camp

July 27, 2018 06:51 PM

MALTA - Instead of lying out in the sun, they're laying down microchips. It's a summer of STEM for about three dozen students in the Semi High Tech U camp at BOCES.

"We're trying to answer the question: how do we fill all these jobs opening up in high-tech? We really think our camp, with hands-on learning with an industry connection, really lets her kids see what the next step looks like," said Bryson Gauff, program manager.


The high school age campers spent this day in Malta at the HVCC Tech Smart campus. They will head to RPI and SUNY Nano too.

Tanner Muro used to be one of these kids. Unsure about his future, but with a passion for STEM. He was here the summer before freshman year. Now he's back as an ambassador in his sophomore year of college.

"I knew I wanted to do something in STEM, but I didn't know what I wanted to do. This program helped me narrow it down to (know) I wanted to do computer science," said Muro.

Fatima Syed thought she knew what she wanted to do. That's why she went to the camp.

"This is exactly what I was supposed to do, I was supposed to go to this camp take all my respective courses in high school and end up being an engineer. And as time went on in high school, I found this camp actually led me to realize I love people," said Syed.

Now Syed is out of the S, T, and E of STEM, and going to UAlbany for finance and marketing.

She's a people person, but she's still back as an ambassador and singing the praises of the program.

"There is the science part of it. What I really enjoy is the people aspect of it, communications," said Syed.

Syed says you might as well try out STEM, you never know where it could take you.


WNYT Staff

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