Each year SAME supports numerous camps across the country and overseas, including five weeklong in-residence Engineering & Construction Camps for high school students, to provide students with first-hand experience in STEM. Posts across the world support additional one-day to multi-day camps, extending the reach of the Society to more students. This community is open to any SAME member, strategic partner, sustaining member, or donor interested in ensuring SAME continues to provide such in-person experiences.
- Provide a world-class STEM engagement program
- Recruit campers, staff and mentors at both the national and local level
- Expand the number of camp opportunities to engage more young people
- Ensure high school students continue on a STEM path after graduating
- Foster an alumni network engaged in the work of the Society
Strategic Alignment (3 out of 5 Strategic Goals apply)
Goal 2: Build and Sustain Resilient Communities--Lead efforts to prepare communities to absorb, recover, and adapt from natural and man-made threats, fortify our nation’s resolve directly where people work and live.
SAME Camps’ ability to contribute to technical and leadership skill-building in a competitive environment pushes campers resolve to solve problems. They become an important factor in their community’s ability to be resilient.
Goal 3: Develop Leaders for the Profession--Lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges; ensure the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.
At every turn, campers are presented with problems they must investigate, plot solutions, and test their plans. Success is not guaranteed, but that is part of the learning process. Campers understand that their ability to work in teams amplifies the impact they can make. They learn when to lead and when to follow, skills that contribute to the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.
Goal 4: Enrich the STEM Pipeline for the Nation--Lead efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; help them develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.
Camps provide in-person experiences to students interested in exploring STEM-related skills and careers. Campers get to interact with scientists and engineers and hear about the path they followed in pursuing their careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond. The net outcome is more STEM professionals available to meet the technical needs of our nation and remain globally competitive.