SANFORD, Maine – The Sanford Regional Tech Center hosted its first-ever in-person “Camp SRTC” experience for junior high school students in Southern York County during the weeks June 14-17 and June 21-24.
Students in grades six to eight could choose from programs such as Academy of Business, Digital Design, Fire Science, Law Enforcement, Video Production, or STEM A or B (including a variety of automotive and collision repair, construction, precision manufacturing and Welding technologies).
SRTC instructors, assisted by SRTC students, led four days of hands-on projects. Some of the activities that campers participated in included:
– Learn to create products such as t-shirts and mouse pads using art produced by students;
– Shoot, edit and act in an original short film;
– Imagine new flavors of ice cream, find ways to market these flavors and share ice cream products with all campers;
– Navigate a smoky labyrinth wearing personal protective equipment;
– Use clues such as footprints to learn more about a crime scene;
– Creation of a game board using manufacturing processes; and
– Visit of Moody’s Collision Center in Sanford.
About 115 students attended the camp, and the post-camp polls were very positive, with 100% of respondents indicating that they would recommend this camp to a friend, attend it again, and consider SRTC for their high school program. because of this camp.
“My daughters had a fantastic time,” said a parent whose children attended the camp. “It was their very first camp experience and it exceeded both my expectations and their expectations. They not only had fun, but they learned new skills. The staff were also super friendly and welcoming. We will definitely consider going back. Thank you very much for a great week! ”
Students from SRTC partner districts were eligible to attend the camp. These include Kittery School Department, RSU 21, RSU 35, RSU 57, MSAD 60, Sanford School Department, Wells-Ogunquit Community School District, and York School Department. The programming was sponsored by a grant from the Maine Department of Education.