(KFVS) - This summer, middle-school students have the opportunity to begin exploring various career options available in the world.
Southeastern Illinois College will host a Career Exploration Camp July 31 through August 2.
The camp is open to students of grades 6 through 8 and will feature some of the various study and career opportunities available at SIC.
Students can choose between classes involving Minecraft; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Diesel Technology.
Each class will be taught by SIC instructors and members of the various student clubs on campus.
Lori Cox, the Associate Dean of Workforce and Community Education, believes that this experience will be of great benefit to every student involved.
"We are using these camps as an opportunity to introduce middle school age students to options in the workforce," Cox said. "These camps will allow the students hands-on experience and knowledge about career fields available to them in the future."
The Minecraft for Education class will be taught by Scott Reed and the SIC IT Club.
Students in this course will experience science, history, math, health, geography and more within the game of Minecraft.
The Diesel Technology class will be taught by Chris Jones and the SIC Diesel Club.
Students in this class will receive hands-on experience with basic mechanical skills and techniques.
The class will also offer a base knowledge of the theory of internal combustion engines as well as how to assemble working engines.
The STEM class will be taught by Jason Fitzgerald, Aaron Poole and the SIC Math and Science Club.
The class will explore topics such as basic biology, chemistry, biotechnology and physics.
Students will have the opportunity to explore living cells of different species, test different proteins and nutrients, explore DNA and ecology with electrophoresis, use DNA fingerprinting, and perform an experiment with quantum mechanics and identify an elemental gas.
The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.
The charge is $60 per student. Students may only take one class.
To register for the class, download and fill out the form included in the camp flyer available at www.sic.edu/community-education and return to Lori Cox by July 23.