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Springfield City School District hosts STEM camp for students

Middle-schoolers working with drones in Springfield
Garrett Reese

Monday was the first day of a “technology sampling” camp at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome.

The sound of nearly a dozen small drones could be heard flying around a gym at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome in Springfield. They were being piloted by students taking part in the Springfield Technology Sampling Camp — a newsummer manufacturing camp for middle schoolers in the district.

The theme for the first week is “technology sampling.”

Lashonda Miller is the Executive Director of the Braxton Miller Foundation, one of the organizations working with the Springfield City School District to put on the camp.

"So having these kids be exposed and start to build the skills, or at least the awareness and curiosity about, 'What is a drone? What is coding?' Getting them exposed where they may or may not have been exposed before. So then as they grow and develop and as these technologies advance, they're advancing right along with it," Miller said.

Through the camp, students will become familiar with more drones, learn coding, and even get to repair airplanes later this week.

Rene Stratton is the Career Connected Program Coordinator with the Springfield City School District. She says that these new hands-on experiences could show kids future career paths.

"The goal of this week is to really expose them to new and upcoming technology, something that is going to be an option for their career. They play with a lot of this equipment, but they don't understand. 'Okay, if I love this, then what's my next step? What's a job that I can continue to do this fun play?'" Stratton said.

After this week, the camp will have other weekly themes related to the STEM field all summer. To learn more, you can visit the Springfield City School District website.

Garrett is a WYSO intern and graduate of University of Dayton. He spent time covering the Dayton area with WDTN Channel 2 News after the 2019 Memorial Day Tornado outbreak. It was around this time that he began listening to NPR and fell in love with radio-based journalism. Garrett graduated from UD in May of 2021 with his Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus in journalism and graduated in May of 2022 with his Master’s. While not working at WYSO, Garrett is an avid reader, loves to play video games, and hanging out with his friends.