Over the summer The Tonto Creek Camp started a Summer STEAM Camp in the City of Payson. This event was created to allow students access to different science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities as well as give them hands-on activities that take them into the natural world and helps them “unplug”.
What did they do?
The Camp offered multiple day workshops for students to attend that included classes such as lego engineering, STEM archery, the power of energy, low ropes, hiking, and forest foraging.
How did they do it?
By partnering with RAIN and other organizations the group was able to fund the camp to buy the resources they needed and offer scholarships to students who were unable to attend because of cost.
What was the impact?
Over 50 students attended and the ratio was split evenly between male and female. There were 24 attendees 6th-8th grade and 28 attendees were high school students. The campground was able to successfully bring over 50 higher education students to participate and become passionate about STEM!
The Arizona Rural Activation and Innovation Network (RAIN) is funded by the National Science Foundation to oversee grant funding for informal STEM education projects in four rural Arizona communities: Cochise County, Graham and Greenlee County, the Verde Valley, and the Navapache/White Mountains region. RAIN acts as a resource for best practices in informal STEM program development and works to highlight effective STEM programs, employers and organizations across the state of Arizona. Interested in applying for a grant? Visit our website today and learn more about the opportunities in your community.