The talented Klein ISD robotics team, VorTX3735, hosted a summer camp to engage younger students in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects (STEM) in an entertaining, educational setting.
Throughout the week-long camp, VorTX members led activities in coding and robotics and explored STEM industry career paths with the campers, many of whom are aspiring scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
“I love robotics camp because when I grow up, I want to be an engineer and a firefighter,” soon-to-be fourth grader Keegan Richard said.
VorTX member Shruthi Anish moved to Klein from India the summer before her freshman year. Joining robotics instantly gave her a community and quickly helped her realize her passion for STEM.
“It was a big change coming from the other side of the world and I was trying to get involved and make friends,” she said. “In India, we didn’t have options for a career path. When I moved here, I was like ‘wow, you can literally lay out a career path and choose what you want to do based on your interests.’”
Shruthi hopes that the campers are able to gain just as much from robotics camp as she has from leading it alongside her fellow VorTX members. As the STEM industry grows, it is more important than ever to empower STEM learners.
“STEM is getting so much attention now, nationally and internationally, that people are starting to pay attention,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said, as she watched a robot demonstration. “This is essential for these kids to be prepared when they graduate.”
For more information on all of the pathways that Klein offers, visit www.kleinisd.net/pathways.
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 87.5 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in one early childhood and pre-kindergarten center, one high school program of choice, 30 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, and 5 high schools.