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SABIC FUNDS SCIENCE CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AT MCLA

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Graduate and Continuing Education announces it has received $2,980 in scholarship funding for its Science and Robotics, Advanced Robotics, and Young Hacks Computer Programming camps from SABIC.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for eight full scholarships or 16 half scholarships for youth in the Berkshires with limited financial means, with preference going to Northern Berkshire residents.

Cynthia F. Brown, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs at MCLA, said MCLA is grateful to SABIC for providing the scholarship funding.

“I am so pleased SABIC has provided funding that has the potential to bring more young people to our summer camps and experience doing science. Through their generous support, students who might not otherwise be able to attend a camp will have that opportunity this summer,” Brown said.

The MCLA Science and Robotics Camp – held Monday through Friday, July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – is for girls and boys in grades 4-7, ages 9-12, who have an interest in science and robotics.

Campers will participate in a variety of hands-on science activities and experiments, and use Lego Mindstorm RCX and NXTs to create robots. This camp will culminate in a Robot Demolition Derby, which families are invited to attend.

An Advanced Robotics Camp for youth ages 12 through 15, in grades 7 through 10, will take place Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers need not have completed the Science and Robotics Camp for younger youth to participate.

This camp applies campers’ creativity to the field of robotics to help them learn about robot engineering, simple machines, torque, power and problem solving. Using Tetrix Prime R/C Starter Kits, students will work in pairs to create robots that draw, dance, herd golf balls, and more.

Offered Monday through Friday, July 11-15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Young Hacks Academy Level 1 is a tech leadership camp that focuses on how young people might use technology to solve today’s greatest local and global problems.

Agents (campers) learn to build video games in the Scratch computer programming language. They will explore real-world issues like climate change, homelessness and endangered wildlife. In addition, campers will head outside for “unplugged” games like treasure hunts, riddle relays and chain tag. No programming experience is required.

Young Hacks Academy Level 2 will be offered Monday through Friday, July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Level 2 participants will take their computational learning to the next level as they code in Java programming language, and develop advanced game design with PlayCanvas. Proficiency in programming is a plus, but not required.  Campers need not have completed Young Hacks Level 1 for younger youth to participate.

Scholarship information and applications, which are due by Monday, June 6, are available online at www.mcla.edu/summercamps. Those with further questions may contact Barbara Emanuel, director of Graduate and Continuing Education, at b.emanuel@mcla.edu or (413) 662-5576.

For more information about the Young Hacks Academy, go to http://www.younghacks.com/.

MCLA is committed to improving access to high quality educational programs. With the opening of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation three years ago, and an increasing emphasis on science education and resources, its programs in science and STEM-related fields prepare students for careers in the STEM fields.

For more information about all of MCLA’s summer camps, and for registration forms, go to www.mcla.edu/summercamps.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.

SABIC ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies, and is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company operates in more than 50 countries across the world with 40,000 employees worldwide.
 

To learn more, visit http://www.sabic.com/.