Joining the camp: STEAMtastic summer camp teaches students valuable science lessons – WSVN 7News | News from Miami, weather, sports

From the beeping of handmade drones, to the buzzing of 3-D printers, all of the gadgets, gizmos and submarines are all made by kids.

Story Highlights:

  • A room inside a Miami Gardens community center is full of activity.

  • Allison, attending summer camp: “It’s pretty cool because, at my school, I don’t do any of this stuff.”

Nine-year-old Allison dreams of becoming an artist, but she’s learning how science and technology can help with her art projects. She’s using a 3-D printer to create a mythological animal called a pegasus.

Anike Sakariyawo, SEEK Foundation: “She was able to think of something she wanted to come to reality, and she was able to do that using technology. The world is changing with technology, but they’ll have that background because they’ve been exposed to it.”

On a second printer, there is a 3-D version of a video game character taking shape.

Allison and her friends created these projects at the STEAMtastic Summer Camp in Miami Gardens.

Ambry Johnson, SEEK Foundation: “The STEAMtastic Camp is a camp for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.”

This camp is the very first held by the SEEK Foundation. SEEK means “seeking education empowers knowledge.” Anike Sakariyawo created the foundation in 2012. She started by offering science-based weekend and after-school projects to minority children and those who attend underperforming schools.

Anike Sakariyawo: “Based on the disparity gap, when it comes to STEM and/or STEAM education, there’s a huge gap between minorities and their peers.” The SEEK Foundation is working to close that gap.

Anike Sakariyawo: “Exposing kids to different types of sciences, because not every child wants to build a robot, so we want to expose them to the art that’s in STEAM, whether it’s making your own Chapstick, being a chemist, making your own lotion, learning about viscosity.” SEEK’s weekend and afterschool programs became such a hit here in the community, Anike and her crew decided to try offering a small full-day summer camp.

The STEAMtastic Camp offers weekly projects that teach students how science can play a part in everyday life. Ambry Johnson: “We’re really pushing them to be innovative. Think outside the box, how can you make this better?”

Anike Sakariyawo: “We received applications from Broward, from different states: Atlanta, California, Texas.” Anike never expected the response she received after making the announcement.

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