This year’s Exploration Energy Summer Camp began in Meridian and concluded last week on the Coast.
Now in its fourth year, the program included Meridian Community College’s College for Kids, open to ages 6 – 12.
By expanding to cover more of the company’s service area, more students were exposed to science, technology, engineering and math, in a fun learning environment. “These students are our future workforce,” Ann Holland, community development representative said. “This camp is an opportunity to guide, not limit them, in their career choices and to expose them to energy.”
Campers enjoyed hands on activities, explored the world of energy and attended science court.
Energy in motion was explored by building cars from K’Nex pieces. During this activity, campers selected different power sources and raced the cars to determine which source of energy created the fastest cars.
They investigated different forms of energy, how energy is converted from one form to another and how energy flows through systems. The students also enjoyed career spotlights that included chemists, engineers, safety personnel and linemen.
Following the opening session in Meridian, the camp returned to the two Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campuses on the Coast and was open to students entering fifth and sixth grades in the upcoming school year.
During the camps held on the Jefferson Davis and Jackson County campuses of MGCCC, students visited with members of St. Patrick Catholic High School’s robotics team and St. Martin High School’s underwater robotics team, respectively. During the robotics demonstrations, campers enjoyed running the robots and asking the team members questions.
Additionally, students on the Coast toured plants Watson and Daniel.
At the end of the camp an energy expo was held for the parents giving the students an opportunity to share their knowledge of energy through several interactive exhibits.
Held originally at the Jefferson Davis campus of MGCCC in 2011, the camp had two, one-week sessions attended by students headed into grades four through six. In 2013, seeking to offer the program to an even wider audience, the camp was held at both MGCCC Coast campuses and was open to students entering grades five through six.