Office of Educational Outreach

STEM Quest Summer Camps

STEM Quest Summer Camp I
for 7th and 8th grade students

This summer enrichment program for 7th and 8th graders from Galveston County public and private schools has been in existence since 1993. The program consists of two 4-week sessions (4 hrs/day) provided each summer. This program provides a mechanism that allows middle school students to obtain hands-on experience in a broad range of science activities that will stimulate their knowledge of, appreciation for, and interest in biology, physics, physiology, health science, technology and related fields. It also increases student knowledge about the practical application of scientific concepts and principles to everyday life experiences. Students are involved in activities such as: forensics, engineering and construction competitions, data collection using hand-held devices, biotechnology, career exploration and much more. The goal is to increase the percentage of middle school students entering high school with the motivation and/or scientific background to pursue science or gain exposure to scientific-related fields. As a major biomedical research and health sciences center, UTMB is well suited to enhance and foster the teaching of science to local and regional pre-college students.

STEM Quest Summer Camp II
for 9th and 10th grade students

This summer enrichment program focuses on 9th and 10th grade students in Galveston County public and private schools. The program consists of two 4-week sessions (4 hours/day) of instructional mini-training lessons derived from major state-of-the-art molecular and cellular research methodologies. Camp II students are provided with more independence while working in teams on specific research projects. Typical activities have a biomedical/clinical focus and include: basic chemistry labs, mitotic chromosome preparations, restriction enzyme digestion, Southern blotting, DNA fingerprinting, DNA sequencing concepts, polymerase chain reaction and much more. The goal is to increase the percentage of high school students entering college with the motivation and/or scientific background to pursue science or gain exposure to scientific-related fields. As a major biomedical research and health sciences center, UTMB is well suited to enhance and foster the teaching of science to local and regional pre-college students.