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Philly Post Involvement with STEM Camps

This year, two Philly Post members participated as STEM Camp Mentors.



Michael Hansen was part of Camp Lejeune NC, which is home to 2nd MEF- Marine Expeditionary Force.

Michael's comments on his experience:

  • At the base we were specially located as an area called Courthouse Bay which is the training area for the Marine Engineering School – were Marines learn how to be Combat Engineers 
  • I got down there on Saturday June 17th. There was an intro/briefing and then checked into my barracks room (like a old school college dorm room) 
  • On Sunday the students/campers arrived at various times throughout the day
  • I was assigned as a mentor with one other younger fellow to Echo Squad – one of five squads of ten campers 
  • Each squad also was assigned a squad leader who was an active duty Marine combat engineer 
  • My campers were 7 males and 3 females hailing from NC/SC/VA/TX/NV/NJ 
  • One Monday we started early entering into a week long competition between the five squads 
  • Each day started early and 0600 with formation and chow in the mess hall 
  • Then each day there was an event – typically including a classroom session, a design and then construction – major projects included: Build a concrete beam, build a trebuchet, build a storm water BMP, and build a cardboard AAV (amphibious assault vehicle = boat) 
  • There was also a volleyball tournament, an engineering confidence course, and a trip to the demolition range plus some cookouts, ice cream, time in the pool and trip to PX 
  • Great week with great kids. My squad finished tied for 2nd and we did have the most outstanding camper of the week on our squad


STEM Camps
Sharon Krock, North Atlantic Regional Vice President, was part of the US Air Force Academy Camp in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Sharon's comments on her experience

I attended the US Air Force Academy Camp in Colorado Spring, CO June 26 - July 2, 2018 as a mentor to the Echo Flight.  96 students from across the country attended the Engineering & Construction Camp and were divided in to 8 flights of 12 students.  Each flight had two mentors that have been working in a STEM-related field and one assistant mentor that is enrolled in a STEM major in college. 

 The week was full of varying events and activities meant to challenge the students and foster their curiously, and build their teamwork and project management skills.  I know we have a bright future ahead with these students leading the charge!

This photo above  is after Echo Flight’s cardboard canoe was designed and constructed (but before testing).

  STEM Camps

2018 SAME STEM Engineering & Construction Camp Scholarships

Attention: Rising 10-12th grade high-school students who are interest in engineering and construction careers.

Do you want to work as part of a real engineering or construction project team this summer? These Military Service summer camps will provide students an opportunity to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem solving techniques while competing among their teams. (There will also be time for FUN!) SAME Philadelphia Post will partially fund up to three students to attend an SAME Engineering & Construction camp.

To apply: Go to www.same.org/stemcamps and read through the camp description and follow the application process. Use “SAME Philadelphia Post” as the sponsoring post; send e-copy of application and required forms to Harry Brown, hbrown@mn-e.com

Submit an Application

Scholarship Process: Scholarship/camp applicants will be initially selected by the Philadelphia Post. The Philadelphia Post will then nominate a primary and two alternate campers to the SAME camp selecting officials. Students selected for a camp will receive a scholarship to pay for their tuition and travel expenses.

Basic Scholarship Criteria: At least 15 years of age, minimum 3.2 GPA, U.S. Citizen, on track to attend college for STEM degree.

For additional info:

Harry Brown
SAME, Philadelphia Post Outreach Chairmen