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Jun 11, 2014 7:40 PM by Dave Fields

SLCC STEM campers host fashion show; upcoming camping slots available

South Louisiana Community College's STEM campers showed off their shoe designs Wednesday in a fashion show at the Ardoin Building in New Iberia.

STEMtastic Science Campers, comprised of sixth to eighth grade students, were posed with the challenge of creating "brightly colored" shoes that would "carry them," camp organizers said.

Campers employ basic engineering practices to discover creative solutions to problems presented to them. For instance, campers are expected to efficiently design and create an effective packaging system and a creative label for a single potato chip. The student's creative packaging must withstand a three-foot drop test, a toss test, and the U.S. Postal delivery process.

Once received at the specified address, each of the camper's projects is judged and evaluated on the basis of weight of package, cost of materials, and condition of the potato chip. Camps will be offered on the Lafayette campus (Ardoin building)starting the week of June 9 and on the New Iberia campus (Teche building)starting the week of June 23.

Today, they are designing shoes that have to carry them and will be having a fashion show at about 11:45 this morning. They are in room 302 of the Ardoin Building (the former technical school building along Bertrand).

Camp instructor, Dr. Barbara Benson, tells KATC that spots are still open for upcoming STEM camps in Lafayette, New Iberia, and Opelousas. Camps for different age groups are one week in duration and last from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost is $99 per camper and includes a t-shirt and snacks. For more information, call (337) 373-3243.



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