Walters State’s summer math and science camp is now taking applications. The camp is designed for current seventh and eighth graders. The camp is free, but a limited number of spaces are available at all campuses. The deadline to apply is April 12.
The camp will be July 15-19 at Walters State campuses in Morristown and Greeneville. From July 22-26, the camp moves to Sevierville and Tazewell. Camps meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.
“We want to introduce students who have potential in math and science o the college atmosphere,” explained Dr. Julianna Gregory, coordinator of mathematics and professor of developmental mathematics at Walters State.
The camp began in 2009 and has grown each year. The activities are designed to encourage middle school students in math and science. Funded by a grant, the camps hope to eventually attract students to careers in math- or science-related fields from groups currently under-represented. This includes students whose parents did not complete college, minorities, low-income students and fames. The camp is part of the college’s diversity and access initiatives.
“Hopefully, this camp will inspire students to take more math and science classes in high school and be better prepared for those courses,” Gregory added. The camp will also show how much fun math and science can be. Students will learn about the role math and science play in crime scene investigation, do a scavenger hunt, and learn how to work with numerical data.
“This won’t just be sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher. Everything will be active learning,” the professor explained.
Gregory said the camp is open to students from Walters state’s ten-county service area: Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hancock, Hamblen, Hawkins, Jefferson, Sevier and Union Counties. Students from any of these areas are eligible to apply.
Students will receive a free T-shirt and a backpack for attending. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the camp.
Applications are due April 12. Applicants will need a letter of recommendation from a math teacher. Applications are available through seventh and eighth grade math teachers in area middle schools and on the college’s website at www.ws.edu/academics/mathematics/resources. Applications must be mailed and postmarked by April 12.
In addition to Gregory, Camp leaders are Elena Owen, instructor of math/physics; Dr. Kay Moneyhun, professor of mathematics; Dr. Crystal Rice, associate professor of mathematics; Kim Bolton, head of the biology department and interim executive director of the Claiborne County Campus; Dr. Matthew Smith, instructor of chemistry, and Dr. William Sproat, associate professor of biology.
For more information, contact Gregory at Julianna.Gregory@ws.edu or (865) 774-5809.