Moncks Corner’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants youth to be equipped as industrial and tech companies continue rolling into the tricounty area.
The local branch hosted a science, technology, engineering and mathematics-themed camp July 18-21 at Moncks Corner Baptist Church. Youth ages 11-14 attended where they flew handcrafted paper airplanes, explored Google Chromebooks, and listened to numerous presentations by Boeing South Carolina, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and Google Data Center reps.
This was the NAACP’s first year hosting such a camp.
“STEM is the future for jobs,” said NAACP member Jerald Borden Jr. “NAACP chose to bring about STEM awareness as it relate to careers, enhance student interest in STEM careers and to provide an interactive fun-filled STEM learning program for students.”
The camp launched Tuesday with a presentation by Boeing South Carolina manufacturing engineer manager Duran Gunter.
Gunter, who set up a table that featured toy-sized Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes, told youth how planes are made from start to finish, and discussed the importance of hard work and dedication.
"You have to think outside of where you’re currently at,” Gunter said. “Work hard. Think. Be smart. You will excel.”