The 4th annual Karnes County STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp hosted by the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation was held June 6-10 at the Karnes City Junior High. A total of 120 third – eight grade students from around the county attended camp.
First year campers participated in rocket science, robotics and engineering. Students returning for the second year were challenged with solving a murder mystery. The Karnes County Sheriff’s office and the 81st District Attorney’s office aided them in compiling evidence, fingerprinting, and interviewing witnesses to get justice for the victim.
For the first time, students returning for a 3rd year were able to get hands on training in aviation. Students spent the week learning about the different parts of an airplane, the effects of weather and gravity on flying and were able to take off and land using a flight simulator.
“Karnes City is my alma mater and I remember the opportunities I had as a kid here,” said John Wayne Schulz, Karnes City High School Class of 2006 and flight instructor. “STEM Camp was the perfect opportunity for me to give back to my community as well as share my love for aviation. It’s exciting to be able to educate these kids about aviation and expand their knowledge about possible career opportunities.”
Schulz joined Eric Opiela, KCISD Education Foundation Board Member, as an instructor for the camp. Tuesday afternoon the students took a field trip to the Karnes County Airport where they were greeted by State Representative John Cyrier and his 1941 bi-plane and a Methodist AirCare helicopter, as well as Opiela’s Meridian Prime. Students were able to ask these pilots questions and see the aircrafts up close.
STEM Camp wrapped up with an oil and gas presentation on Thursday and the awards ceremony on Friday.