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By Staff | Aug 3, 2018

Children from new third graders to fifth graders got together for the 4th Annual STEM Camp. Here they are in their new shirts that were given as a part of the camp. Shyanne Belzer/MDN

The Rugby High School hosted the annual STEM Camp on July 30 through Aug. 3. The theme for this year’s camp was “Dino-Mite STEM Camp,” giving those involved a chance to learn about dinosaurs, fossils, geology, and more.

The camp ran each day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students would fill their time with unique tasks geared towards fun learning with an outside break and a snack break in between it all. They excavated little dinosaurs from plaster, made salt dough dinosaur foot prints, made dinosaur skeletons with paper and q-tips, and much more. While the focus was on science, they incorporated art into it as well.

As this is the fourth year the STEM Camp is being held, Melissa Goddard, who teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Rugby High School, says that it has grown very popular.

“We started this because we wanted to create more interest in science. Many kids entering middle school either don’t like science or think they aren’t good at it,” she said. “Every year, we try to have around 30 to 35 students and it always fills up.”

Everything they do at the camp is related to the theme, even the outdoor games they get to play.

A new thing that Goddard added for this year’s camp was an “All About Me” board for the kids.

“It’s a way to try and get the kids to share a bit more about themselves. It asks them different questions to answer,” explained Goddard. “They will be displayed at their school too.”

Each student involved with the camp also got a free t-shirt. Each year it is a tie dye design with a different color choice and the theme of the camp stated for all to see.

Belzer is a staff writer for the Minot Daily News.

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