- Demonstrate the daily use of STEM.
- Learn how to use STEM to model natural phenomena.
- Become familiar with modern techniques of STEM computer simulation.
- Model lightning from data provided by NASA.
- Gain STEM test taking strategies.
- Complete a STEM space related project to be exhibited at the final award ceremony.
National Liftoff with STEM campers will commute to UNLV from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., eat breakfast and lunch in the campus dining commons, and experience college life. On Saturday, the program will begin at 9 a.m.
This program falls directly in line with the UNLV outreach mission and strong effort to recruit women and traditionally under-represented minorities in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The schedule for the week will include mathematics, physics, atmospheric sciences, geosciences, and space sciences.
The Camp and Project Director is Dr. Dieudonne Phanord, formerly with the NASA program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV professors in the STEM disciplines will teach the classes.
A comprehensive evaluation process will be developed that includes teacher, student, and parent evaluation forms. Students will be given a pre-assessment to determine their interests and abilities regarding STEM. They also will be administered a post-assessment to determine what they learned as a result of the camp experience.
All activities during the camp will be project based and students will be required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation as an individual or small group that reflects their project. All students will prepare a poster project to be presented at the culminating awards ceremony held at the end of each camp. Students who successfully complete the objectives of the camp will be awarded a UNLV certificate at the award ceremony by an officer at UNLV. Parents, sponsors, and interested individuals will be invited to the closing ceremony.