High-tech summer camps
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded 14 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grants provide the opportunity for nearly 1,000 students between ages 14 and 21 to attend camps which will help prepare them for future high-skill, high-demand jobs.
Administered by TWC, the effort is part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce campers to one or more of six industry clusters: advanced technologies and manufacturing, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology, petroleum refining and chemical products, and energy.
Among the nearly 1,000 Summer Merit Program scholarships awarded to 14 grant recipients are:
•Alamo Colleges, San Antonio College, $9,672 -- 40 scholarships for the Cyber Defenders Camp, which will provide opportunities for students to learn operating system security techniques, work in teams on virtual machine environments, and tour information technology facilities.
•Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station, $100,000 -- 75 scholarships for three camps, including the BioFORCE Academy, where campers learn about careers in health sciences, biotechnology research, medical discoveries, and bio-manufacturing at the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing.
•The University of Texas at Austin, $99,963 -- 195 scholarships for five camps, including the Women Engineers at UT camp, which provides opportunities for students to participate in team design projects, attend engineering learning workshop or presentations, create a model using a 3D printer, complete engineering design challenges using various materials, and interact with UT faculty, students, and industry representatives.
•University of Texas at San Antonio, $100,000 -- 150 scholarships for day camps created for low socioeconomic status, minority middle school and high school students that will focus on robotics and sensors.