Discovery Learning

About Us

The mission of STEM Discovery is to ignite the curiosity of young minds by involving them in hands-on experiences within the realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our STEM Club offers enriching activities that blend learning with enjoyment, aiming to inspire children and teenagers to delve into the wonders of these fields. Participants are introduced to captivating endeavors that foster exploration, nurture curiosity, and cultivate a fervor for meaningful connections.

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Why is STEM important? What is all the "buzz" about? 

STEM holds significance as it cultivates critical thinking abilities and fosters a fervor for innovation. Beyond its role in imparting knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math, STEM facilitates problem-solving and fosters an ethos of exploratory learning. These skills are integral for future success across diverse tasks and fields of study.

Why should you consider a STEM camp or club? How is it different from STEM classes during the year?

It is important to note that both STEM summer camps, clubs during breaks, and/or STEM courses throughout the school year strive to teach hard skills for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math in fun and engaging ways. But with eLearning on the rise, many parents are left wondering how an enrichment program might be different from something like distance learning, especially those where kids are learning in groups with other students. Undeniably online and e-learning options provide students with a much broader variety of course options, but the reality is that often these classes tend to be very large.  As a result, due to the sheer volume of students, teachers have no choice but to minimize the interaction and participation of the students to control the chaos. With clubs, summer camps, and other enrichment options, the student-to-instructor ratios are much lower, creating an ideal environment to encourage active participation. This is even more important for learners with unique learning needs.  Camps and clubs create the perfect blend of small-group collaboration and individualization—allowing for everyone's voice to be heard.

What are the benefits of STEM camps for younger, elementary-level students?

Children exhibit a natural curiosity from a young age and are inherently eager to explore their surroundings. The extent to which this innate curiosity flourishes depends on the responses they receive. It either continues to thrive indefinitely, never reaching its full potential or is stifled prematurely by perceived barriers, even before encountering real challenges or obstacles.

What are the benefits of STEM camps for middle school-aged students?

Growing up in an increasingly technology-driven age has resulted in heightened interest in the STEM field for many (pre) teens.  The good news is that there is an abundance of information, videos, and tutorials that students can navigate themselves. The challenge is the lack of social engagement that may stem from self-driven courses and activities. Without a doubt, summer camp fills that gap and provides a social aspect, allowing students to pair up with other like-minded peers and form weeklong, and possibly life-long friendships.

What are the benefits of STEM camps for high school students?

Skill-Building Toward the Future

Skill building and career opportunities are the first two benefits that come to mind.  There is a clear misconception that STEM is all about people walking around labs in white lab coats conducting experiments. While that is a huge part of the STEM field, it is a whole lot more than that! Interestingly, many people are unaware that the act of coding goes well beyond keying repetitive numbers behind a computer screen. Did you know that STEM is a major part of sports, music, and other forms of entertainment? Most people are aware that it is very much embedded in gaming and social media but most people do not easily see it in other areas, which means that it is that much more important to show students the career possibilities -- beyond gaming. 

Making Career Connections

Often kids, especially high school students, do not see the connection between the academic subjects in schools and career skills. We want to make those connections for them so they invest more and truly pick a profession that will make them genuinely happy because it is no secret that STEM jobs pay well!

STEM Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions you may have. If you don't find the answer to your question, we're here to help:

General Information

What ages can come to STEM Camp?

Kids aged 5 to 13 qualify for enrollment. Considering the camp's activities and organization, campers must reach a minimum age of 5 by July 1, 2024.

What is your policy for children with special needs?

Our program is fully inclusive, welcoming children of all abilities to participate in all our offerings, including STEM camp. The camp's suitability may vary depending on each child's individual needs and abilities. Our staff is highly qualified to support students of diverse abilities. However, due to staffing limitations, in rare instances, we may be unable to accommodate campers exhibiting extremely disruptive behavior, as our ability to maintain a safe and effective environment depends on staff availability.

What are the locations of the camp for the summer of 2024?

Currently, we are two locations. We are scheduled to use the Charles County Public Library and LifeStream Church of Nazarene. However, depending on the number who enroll in the camp, the location is subject to change. Attendees will be notified, but if the location changes, it will remain in the Charles County area. 

Are all your locations air-conditioned?

All the locations being considered for the Summer program will be air-conditioned.

How do I register for camp?

This information will be available soon.

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