SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Schools out for summer, but some students were back in the classroom Tuesday. It’s the final week of the STEM and Lego Robotics Summer Camp at Hamlin Middle School.
Springfield Public Schools has offered three, four-day sessions to middle schoolers over the summer. Students learn about science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, creative environment.
Instead of reading from a book, they build Lego robots and construct roller coasters out foam, tape and cups.
“We are learning about kinetic energy, potential energy and momentum,” said 6th grader Nathaniel Gordy.
“They have a problem they need to solve, a puzzle, something they need to make better. They design it. They create it. They test it,” said Jen Butler, 7th Grade Math and Science Teacher.
This was the second year the summer stem camp has been offered to Springfield Middle School students. The program is paid for by a grant and free for students.