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Students to be taught STEM through program at Yuma Proving Ground

Yuma Proving Ground ignites local student's interest in STEM

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - It's an approach that makes nothing but sense. Who better to teach students about rockets, than an actual rocket scientist.

That's where the brainchild of the Army's Educational Outreach Program "Gaining in the Education of Mathematics and Science" was born. GEMS provides a camp for children in grades 6th-8th interested in STEM.

During the week-long camp, students get a hands-on approach to learning. Fitting that the camp is at the Yuma Proving Ground, one of the country's top-tier testing facilities which employs engineers, scientists, and analysts.

In true YPG form, the students learned about both primitive weapons like catapults and more modern weapons like rockets. Students learned how math and science come together to help them hit their mark.

In total, over sixty students took part in this year's GEMS Camp. If your child is interested in attending future camps they must be a U.S. Citizen and be enrolled in the 5th-12th grade.

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Joe Teposte

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April Hettinger

April was born and raised in San Diego where she loved the beach town and her two dogs, Lexi and Malibu. She decided to trade the beach for the snow and advanced her education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.


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