Ali Salgado has already taken the first steps on her path to career discovery at Lorain County Community College — at age 13.
When Salgado participated in the Young Women and Young Men in STEAM Camp, one of the “College for Kids and Teens” programs, in 2015, she gained valuable leadership skills and hands-on experiences that shaped who she is. Through the program, focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math, she found her passion for science and made a decision to pursue the medical field.
“The camp was a fun experience,” Salgado said. “It really helped me meet different people and helped with leadership skills a lot, too.” The Amherst junior high school student originally learned about LCCC’s summer camps through her mother who is an eLearning development specialist at the college.
As a student in the STEAM camp, Salgado was able to lead other students in some of the programming and enjoyed working as a team.
“It’s really worth the experience of learning a lot of cool things and having fun and learning with others,” Salgado said. “It was great getting exposed to cool stuff like engineering, different languages and biology.”
Camp activities include hands-on science experiments, foreign language and lessons in engineering. Biology and Chinese were some of Salgado’s favorite sessions. Students also create Lego robots and craft computer programmed Lego cars and race them against each other.
Last month Salgado presented a game that she and other students worked with during the STEAM camp at the third annual Online Learning Consortium Innovation Conference (held April 18-20) in Nashville, Tennessee. Salgado was the youngest person to present at the event.
Salgado presented the game alongside LCCC eLearning professor Mike Substelny who teaches computer gaming. The game, “Artemis,” acts as an ice breaker and helps people work together, Salgado said. The creator of the game was an LCCC instructor named Thom Robertson.
Today Salgado is a guest speaker for educational technology courses at LCCC where she discusses online learning and classroom technology. Salgado also volunteers at The Friendship Animal Protective League and is involved in Amherst youth soccer as well as choir, drama and other activities.
The Young Women and Young Men in STEAM Camp is in its sixteenth year and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, June 19-29 and June 26-29 for kids entering grades 6, 7 and 8.
The camp is presented by LCCC’s University Partnership and eLearning department, and sponsored by the Elyria American Association of University Women. Cost is $150 per student.
For more information, contact Luz Rivera at (440) 366-7109 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, call 1(800) 995-5222.
LCCC’s enrollment for other summer “College for Kids and Teens” is also underway. The program provides continuing education courses for children and youth to explore their interests in an exciting, hands-on environment.
Camps and courses cover various activities like baking, computers, art and more, and include several new courses and camps including the Culinary Institute Young Chef series and offerings in the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention.
Click here to view the class schedule, or call (440) 366-4093 for more information.