Mizzou IGNITES (Inspiring Growth, Knowledge, & Innovation through Exploring STEAM) is a summer camp for high school students eligible for Missouri’s Migrant Education Program

IGNITES gives students the opportunity to have fun while learning to problem solve solutions for an ever-changing world.

Over the course of the one week program, students are exposed to a variety of disciplines using a STEAM approach to education that promotes experiential learning, hands-on activities, collaboration, and creativity to explore both science and the arts at Mizzou. This program is sponsored by The Connector at the University of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Our IGNITES faculty generally lead 2-hour sessions for Mizzou faculty members and graduate students during the course of the camp in order to expose the students to experiential learning across the university.

Past disciplines involved include art, physics, animal science, architectural studies, theatre, robotics, and many more!

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IGNITES camp was instituted to provide meaningful science and art experiences to high school students through a variety of informal educational sessions.

Throughout the camp, students were encouraged to use different ways of thinking and learning, which allowed them to explore new ideas in a safe environment. Creativity was an essential component of this year’s IGNITES curriculum.

July 18th marked the end of The Connector’s second annual Inspiring Growth, Knowledge, & Innovation through STEAM (IGNITES) Summer Camp. This camp is a collaboration with the Migrant Education Program of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is a part of the annual Summers@Mizzou.

This year we were fortunate enough to provide 21 students with a fun week filled with educational and engaging activities. Students began the week by taking a tour of Mizzou’s iLab to learn about virtual reality technology and used pottery to learn about the fossils of microorganisms. By the end of the first day, the students had built and programmed their own robots with the help of The Army Ants. Over the 5-day camp, the students were busy engaging in an array of STEAM-related endeavors including building catapults, making jewelry, and even sheep-flipping. Our campers also participated in sessions dedicated to exploring college pathways, including post-secondary options and discussions of financial aid.

IGNITES camp owes its success to its partners. The Connector was fortunate enough to collaborate with MU Athletics, MU Healthcare, the Mizzou Store, and many incredible faculty, graduate students, and staff here at MU. We are so grateful to be able to provide this opportunity for Missouri high school students and hope to continue our efforts into next year.

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