McClintock Partners In Education (McPIE)
AWARD YEAR: 2019
MCCLINTOCK PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (MCPIE)
DIRECTOR: ANGELA DAVIS - ADAVIS@CHRISTELCA.ORG
SUMMER CAMP DIRECTORY, MCPIE
PROJECT TITLE: PATHWAYS SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP: SIXTH GRADE TRAIL BLAZERS
The Pathways Summer Science Camp will engage 200 students each summer in two weeks of hands-on STEM discovery with follow-up opportunities throughout the school year. Pathways directly aligns with CTE Pathways at the high school level within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Each summer, Sixth Grade Trail Blazers (SGTB) will serve as a gateway program for 100 incoming 6thgraders who spend two weeks investigating science. Using Camp Invention and Discovery Education, students are introduced to life and physical science concepts. With Friday Field Trips to UNC-Charlotte and to Charlotte Museum of History, they learn about future college opportunities and careers, and the foundation of engineering. In Career Track(CT)Explorers, 100 rising 7thand 8thgraders experience hands-on science learning by choosing three of four paths for their two-week camp: Ten80 Racing—the science behind NASCAR; Eat Your Lab Work—science and math of cooking; Design Squad—engineering in McClintock’s new Innovation Lab; Medical Mysteries—biomedical sciences and health; SpherO Bot—coding; and Robotics. Friday Field Trips to Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, US National Whitewater Center, the Apple Store, City of Charlotte Design, Planning & Development, and Motorsports Garages provide a chance to see science at work and learn about careers. In both programs, students receive 40hours of direct contact instructional time with teachers much of which is focused on scientific inquiry, plus 2 Friday Field Trips focused on future pathways. At the end, they present their discoveries and inventions to parents and volunteers. During the academic year, students have the opportunity to participate in STEM-related clubs as part of McPIE’s Tuesday Family Night program—Robotics, Ten80 Racing, Cyber Spy, Quadcopters, Medical Explorers—a time to continue hands-on learning and interact with STEM professionals and college interns pursuing STEM degrees. By the end of the 3 years, 600 students will have had the opportunity to participate in Pathways Summer Science Camp and its yearlong follow-up activities, opening the door to new future pathways. Both SGTB and CT Explorers are aligned to the CTE Pathway at East Mecklenburg High School. This pipeline ensures that McClintock students have an opportunity to find their passion in middle school and continue that STEM passion on through high school and beyond.