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High school students are learning about engineering at Difference Makers camp to tackle problems

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 19:26:13-04

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) recognizes the importance these STEM fields play in our every day lives, so they try to encourage students to learn about them.

This week, they are offering a free summer camp for high school students to learn how to come up with solutions to real-life problems.

A group of 16 students from 12 different schools across Tulsa are part of the Difference Makers Engineering Camp. 

The students are working with two clients with physical disabilities to help them meet their needs. One of them is legally blind; the other is confined to his wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury.

The goal is let the students explore how the STEM fields can help these young men enhance their lives.

"Without this wheelchair, I would not be getting around," said Emeka Nnaka, "Someone had that idea. One of these kids will have the next big idea."

Working together to find solutions under one roof is a challenge these teens are gladly tackling at the summer camp.

"By helping other people, you're helping everyone in general," said Sydney Kurtz, an eighth grader attending the camp, "For some of us, it's more than just the summer, we want to be able to get out and learn more things."

All of TRSA's summer camps are free thanks to partnerships with local organizations. 

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