Childhood learners at a STEM Summer Camp: An Informal learning Experience
Abstract: This study evaluates the effect of summer camps on children’s interest in STEM related topic. It is focused on the learning experiences of children within the age range of 4-6 at a summer camp organized by a STEM Child Development Center. Generally, the setting of a summer camp provides an informal learning atmosphere which provides practical application of knowledge, values, attitudes, and larger principles leading to life time learning experiences. Children in informal learning settings typically learn about topics in the context of activity and interaction with others. Platforms such as afterschool and summer programs, libraries, science centers offer great resources and capabilities in providing STEM learning experiences of children. This study therefore sought to understand the children’s experience at a STEM summer camp and ascertain the impact as an informal learning setting to build children’s interest in STEM related topic.