STEM Camp at MHS sparks science learning


Woodbury Elementary School student Ethen Santana, left, and Anson Elementary School student Logan Kordik learn to program a Lego robot during the STEM Camp going on this week at Marshalltown High School. More than 100 local students are participating in the camp, which is operated by the University of Iowa engineering department and MHS staff.

A new STEM Camp is going on this week at Marshalltown High School, attracting more than 100 local students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Led by University of Iowa engineering students with assistance from MHS staff, students are using Legos to help them discover science.

Kindergarten and first grade students are learning about simple machines and second and third grade students are taking part in Lego Learners as they are getting an introduction to computer programming.

Students in grades fourth through sixth are working on Lego robots and programming them through a computer.

“We encourage them to always come up with new, innovative ways to create the program,” said Cody Soultz, an engineering student at the University of Iowa who is helping with the camp.

The Marshalltown Community School District has been a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in recent years and this is the first time this University of Iowa camp has been held at a school district. Camp2 Camp3