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TU holds second year of Camp STEMtastic

 Thomas University held its second Camp STEMtastic on June 22-26. The group of 28 was comprised of rising seventh-graders from the Thomasville area. Students were originally nominated for the camp by a teacher based on their attitude and aptitude in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Last year campers studied the science of flight. This year the same group of students returned to study marine and freshwater ecology. Each participant paid a $25 fee with the remaining costs paid through donations from TU alumni and friends and the Thomasville Antiques Show Foundation.



During the first day of Camp STEMtastic, participants traveled to Arcadia Plantation, where Paul Massey (left) talked about the pine forest and freshwater pond habitats.



During Camp STEMtastic, participants also learned about the tiniest of life forms by examining freshwater and saltwater samples under the microscope. Camper Fanessia Chatmon prepares a sample for the microscope.



During the course of the week, Camp STEMtastic participants traveled to the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa, Florida, where they learned more about sea life during a boating adventure. Campers also took a beach walk at Bald Point State Park, where they explored the coastal environment. On Friday morning the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s Sea Mobile Marine Life Educational Traveling Exhibit visited the TU campus for hands-on investigation of marine animals. At the Sea Mobile (above), camper America Caldwell gets a closer look at a couple of starfish.


Special  thanks to Mrs. Emily Wade, Mrs. Heidi Hughey and Mr. Paul Massey of Arcadia Plantation.


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