KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
June 15, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy students are busy enjoying summer break, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still learn while having fun. Katy ISD’s Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM is hosting engaging summer camps where students can enjoy hands-on STEAM learning.
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According to Texas Education Agency, high-quality summer enrichment experiences is proven to benefit students in exciting ways. Katy ISD’s Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM works to inspire students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers. Summer break doesn’t stop that mission.
Katy ISD’s Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM is offering current students engaging summer STEAM camps full of hands-on learning and fun. Both require registration and a fee. While one is happening now, there is still time to sign up for the next camp.
“A STEAM summer camp with a fun theme is the perfect way to capture students’ attention and reinforce concepts and skills,” says Steve Adams, Facility Coordinator for Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM. “This is our seventh elementary summer camp since 2015 and each camp has reached capacity and received very positive feedback from parents and students alike.”
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Katy Students Keep Learning Through the Summer
Katy ISD students entering 4th or 5th grade are currently participating in the “STEAM Wars” summer camp this week.
In sticking with the theme, a play on Star Wars, students are designing, testing, and modifying straw rocket “starfighters.” They are rotating through stations focused in STEAM activities with fun themes such as “Stink STEM Troopers,” “Launch and Ewok,” “Marshmallow Blasters,” “Design and Robot,” and more.
Young Inventors’ Summer Camp
The Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM will welcome Katy ISD students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall for the Young Inventors’ Summer Camp July 13-16, 2022. The camp will be held from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Students will spend the week working on inventions such as building cars, rockets, as well as an original invention.
Students will brainstorm their invention with a journal and work on the design with the help of a STEM instructor.
They will have access to workspace, tools, technology such as a 3D printer when building their model. With parent permission they can have access to the facility and equipment after hours to work with an instructional specialist.
There is still time to register for Young Inventors’ Camp, but it is expected to fill up. You can register online by logging into your Katy ISD student’s MyPaymentPlus account. If you need help accessing your account, contact your home campus.
Young Inventors’ Camp is $120, and payment is due at the time of registration.
“The Katy ISD mission statement says, “Katy I.S.D. … provides unparalleled learning experiences designed to prepare and inspire each student.” This is our contribution to that goal,” says Adams.