Princeton camp provides STEM learning for middle school students

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Ryan Wu watched intently as an instructor slowly moved two charged wires together, but when sparks began to fly as the wires met, Wu’s face flashed first with excitement and then suddenly fear as he imagined the danger of such an experiment on a larger scale.

Thirty Princeton area middle-schoolers are participating in a camp at Princeton University that runs weekly segments from June 30 through August 1, focusing science, technology, engineering and math. Students participate in different activities every week depending on the theme.

“Let’s just say that machine could blow the walls into the street if improperly used,” Wu, 11, said.

Wu is one of about 30 Princeton middle schoolers participating in Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Community House STEM Summer Camp, which aims to get children excited in science, technology, engineering and math. With a different theme every week for five weeks, the students are engaging in experiments, building projects and hearing from guest speakers in Princeton University’s Carl Field’s Center.

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