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Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Senior Airman Jared Sargent shows a camper how to properly use a firehose during the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Camp at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. on July 16, 2019. The annual camp is held to give young people familiar with STEM related careers, and the campers compete in STEM related challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Campers attending the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Camp at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. participate in a challenge requiring them to transport a plank of wood through an obstacle course on July 16, 2019. To attend the camp students needed to complete an application, their grades, and an essay on why they want to attend the camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

An axe rests on the floor of the Scott Air Force Base Fire Department at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. on July 16, 2019. The students toured the firehouse, flightline and the air traffic control tower during their camp. (U.S Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Staff Sgt. Augustine Ortega, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron safety specialist, motivates campers attending the Scott Air Force Base, Ill. on July, 16, 2019. The camp accommodated 36 campers from all over the United States with the farthest travelling from Honolulu and two from Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Campers attending the Science, technology, engineering, and math camp are shown construction projects around Scott Air Force Base, Ill. on July 16, 2019. Throughout the camp the students compete in challenges to test their engineering knowledge and helps them learn hands on dilemmas that engineers face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

Students attend STEM camp at Scott

Campers attending the Science, technology, engineering, and math camp are shown construction projects around Scott Air Force Base, Ill. on July 16, 2019. Throughout the camp the students compete in challenges to test their engineering knowledge and helps them learn hands on dilemmas that engineers face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

The society of American Military Engineers hosted their annual STEM Camp in early July for 36 youths from all over the United States and even Guam.

“The STEM Camp is an introductory overview into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and how it’s used to better society,’” said Ilnana Almquist, lead logistics coordinator for the Scott AFB STEM Camp.

Each team had two mentors, one civilian and one military with an engineering background.

To attend the camp, students completed an application and submitted an essay on why they want to attend the camp. Once making it to Scott, the campers spend a week near the Scott Lake thanks to the support of the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron.

“The annual camp is held to give young people [an opportunity to get] familiar with STEM related careers,” said Nicole Gunyon, STEM camp director.

Throughout the camp, the students compete in challenges to test their engineering knowledge, which help them work through real-world scenarios engineers may face. The challenges included bottle rocket building, navigating an obstacle course and building cardboard canoes.      

“The camp allows students to get their hands dirty and really put their engineering skills to the test!” said Almquist.

 “We hope to help the kids spark an interest in STEM and STEM careers,” said Almquist. “Also to find out what they want to do whether it includes STEM or not.”