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As the second session for the STEM Camp is coming to a close, the students were able to have more fun than usual. For the start of the day, one of the students who owns her own business called Henderson Home Crafts brought in some items to sell. After the sell, the guest speaker for the morning came in to talk to the students about golf. Head coach of the Virginia Union University Men’s Golf team, E. Lee Coble, spoke to the students about golf and how STEM plays a huge part of it. Coach Coble also gave the students great advice about putting education first and never allowing anyone to discourage them from doing what they love to do.

After their lunch, the student got the opportunity to meet the second guest speaker for the day. The second guest speaker, Mr. Paul Lawrence, who is a mechanical engineer and project manager, talked to the students about his job and engineering as a whole. He also talked to them about attending college, how they should choose their college, and how important HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are. After talking to the students about college, Mr. Lawrence began teaching them about flying and how planes work. After learning about flight, the students got the opportunity to make their own airplanes by using paper and straw. The students then competed against each other to see whose airplane flew the furthest.

Day nine was a great day overall for everyone at the STEM Camp. As the camp comes to a close, it will be sad to see them go, but it has definitely been a great session. Even though I am an intern there to help the students, I have learned a lot of good information and advice from the different guests throughout the session. Everything from plants and the greenhouse effect, to golf and airplanes. Once the students leave, I know for sure that they will have a lot of knowledge about different subjects that they can tell their friends about once school starts.

Written and Photographed by Onnia Thomas

Majoring in Computer Information Systems, Onnia is a STEM Camp 2019 intern and rising senior at Virginia Union University.

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