Walters State Community College’s summer math and science camp, designed for seventh-grade and eighth-grade students, is now taking applications.
The camp is free, but a limited number of spaces are available at all Walters State campuses.
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. The application deadline is April 12.
The camp will be July 15 through 19 at the college’s Morristown and Greeneville campuses and July 22 through 26 at it’s Sevierville and Tazewell campuses.
The camp meets from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
“We want to introduce students who have potential in math and science to the college atmosphere,” explained Dr. Julianna Gregory.
Gregory is a coordinator of mathematics and professor of developmental mathematics at Walters State.
The camp began in 2009 and has grown each year.
It is funded by a grant with the goal of eventually attracting students from under-represented groups to careers in fields related to math and science.
Those groups include students whose parents did not complete college, those who belong to minorities and those who come from low-income families.
“Hopefully, this camp will inspire students to take more math and science classes in high school and be better prepared for those courses,” Gregory said.
Another objective of the camp is to show that math and science can be fun. Students will learn about the roles 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.
Students will each receive a free T-shirt and a backpack for attending. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the camp.
Applicants for the camps will need a letter of recommendation from a math teacher.
Applications are available through seventh-grade and eighth-grade math teachers in area middle schools and online at ws.edu/academics/mathematics/resources.
Along with Gregory, camp leaders are math and physics instructor Elena Owen, mathematics professor Dr. Kay Moneyhun and associate mathematics professor Dr. Crystal Rice.
Walters State Claiborne County Interim Executive Director Kim Bolton – who is also the head of the school’s biology department head – chemistry instructor Dr. Matthew Smith and associate biology professor Dr. William Sproat will also work as camp leaders.
For more information, contact Gregory at Julianna.Gregory@ws.edu or 865-774-5809.