BERLIN, NH — White Mountains Community College and the North Country Health Consortium recently announced the resounding success of the seventh annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp with a Health Careers Twist (STEM - Health). STEM-Health Careers camp, designed for students entering grades 6 through 8, provides hands-on, fun-filled activities that are meant to be introductory, interactive, and project-based in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health professions.

This year the students built bridges from spaghetti and scotch tape (with one bridge holding a weight of 140 pounds before breaking!) and designed and printed 3D models. Later they worked with health and dental professionals from the Molar Express, local physical trainers from RizFit, and a local School Assistant Program Counselor to learn about dental, physical and emotional health. Students also spent a day with engineers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard learning about crane technology, nuclear submarines, and using cooking materials and chocolate to learn about asphalt and road construction!

The students spent a rainy afternoon splashing around in the stream in Pinkham Notch with the AMC crew to learn about aquatic organisms and water quality. They finished off the week building model rockets, launching them in front of family and friends, concluding with a family barbecue.

WMCC STEM-Health camp is supported by the Northern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, The North Country Health Consortium, NASA, the Agnes Lindsay Trust, The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation, and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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