Energy Camp Returns to Community Sites and Campus

June 12, 2018

Wayne Community College’s energy camp, Camp Kilowatt, will return for its 10th year this summer.

For the second year, the college is partnering with Wayne County Public Schools to provide camps for middle school students in area schools. Those schools and their camp dates are
Rosewood Middle School, June 18-21;
Brogden Middle School, June 25-28;
Grantham Middle School, June 25-28;
Spring Creek Middle School, July 9-12;
Eastern Wayne Middle School, July 9-12; and
Norwayne Middle School, July 16-19.

They will focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects such as propeller cars, battery cars, glider planes, and wind turbines.

Camp Kilowatt Director Steven Reese explains how a wind turbines that fifth-grade students will build will generate electriity during a “mini camp” held at Faith Christian Academy last month.

Around 120 Wayne County middle school students will be able to attend camps being held at their schools at no charge, thanks to the grant from Duke Energy. The grant is covering supplies, T-shirts, and two WCPS teachers plus an instructor from the community college to run each of the camps.

“If a student would like to attend the camp in their area or out of the area, they can contact the school for registration,” said Camp Kilowatt Director Steven Reese, an engineering and manufacturing instructor at WCC. “Most students attend the school but do not have to. They just have to be middle-school age. Only the first 20 can be accepted.”

The Camp Kilowatt session to be held on the college’s campus for rising fifth- through eighth-graders is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 9-12. The dates for a camp for rising ninth- through 12th-graders will be announced later.

Camp Kilowatt participants on the campus will explore STEM areas and work on projects similar to the projects that will be completed by those attending camps in community.

The campus camps are limited to 40 participants each. Only a few spots are left so anyone interested in attending should sign up immediately. Registration forms and more information can be found at www.waynecc.edu/campkilowatt/.

The fee is $125 and includes lunches and a T-shirt. If finances are a concern, contact Reese at srreese@waynecc.edu or (919) 739-6802 to inquire about scholarships.

Mini camps that tackle a single project at a time are also being held at Faith Christian Academy.

Camp Kilowatt Director Steven Reese helps Payten Taylor (left) and Laura Mai (right) find the right angle for their turbine blades to be turned by fan breeze during a “mini camp” held for Faith Christian Academy fifth graders in May.

Camp Kilowatt is a product of WCC’s Applied Technologies Division and is financially supported by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Wayne Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs. Anyone who anticipates needing accommodation or has questions about access should contact the camp director.

Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves around 12,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industries, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 70 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.

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