Southview student attends Ignite STEM Camp at BGSUFree Access


(Telegram Photos by Phillip Buffington)

Ettaleigh Arms, an incoming fifth grader at Jackson’s Southview Elementary, recently took part in the Ignite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp, hosted at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). The week-long day camp was held June 26-30 for students in grades 3-5, which is Arms’ group, and another camp for students in grades 6-8 was set for July 24-28. Enrollment is limited to 45 students for each camp, so Arms was in selective company. During her time at camp, she says her group constructed a set of human lungs with balloons, cups, and straws, constructed a Ferris wheel, and dissected a cow’s heart alongside a heart surgeon. Each student was also provided with a kit and instructions to build their own robots, which Ettaleigh says she was able to accomplish in just two days. Once complete, Arms explained an app on her smartphone was utilized to program and control the machine, which she demonstrated inside the Total Media Studios on Monday morning, July 17. Aside from being able to move the wheeled robot via her phone, Ettaleigh also played an 8-bit version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” from her new creation. This was her first time attending such a camp, and she says she hopes to return, despite being one of only five total girls in her group this time around. “The rest were all boys, and they were crazy,” Ettaleigh jokingly shared. Though she was the only Jackson student in her STEM Camp group, Arms also said she was able to make four new friends during her week abroad. Ettaleigh is the 10-year-old daughter of Aaron and Lani Arms.

(Telegram Photos by Phillip Buffington)

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