UVa. Holding BLAST Summer Camp

July 28, 2014

Science, technology, engineering and math, or "STEM" subjects are being brought to life at the University of Virginia this week.

Eighth and ninth graders from around the state are participating in the Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) program being held on Grounds this week.

BLAST is a 3-day summer camp designed to engage young minds and encourage their interest in STEM fields through innovative, hands-on, team-based activities.

"Right now we're working on solar-powered cars out of LEGOs and motors to run off the solar panels," says Laney Butt of Virginia Beach.

"I don't know exactly what I want to do when I get older, and so a camp like this reassures me that there's stuff I can do,” Graham Dwinnell of Northern Virginia said. “It shows that this is very interesting."

Monday night, the students will take a bus up to the McCormack Observatory to check out Saturn.

The camp runs through Wednesday.

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