Why Virtual STEM is Part of the New Normal and How Medics Camp is Preparing Kids for Futures in Healthcare.
A traditional in-person STEM camp since 2017, Medics Camp made the pandemic-pivot to virtual in 2020 out of necessity like many other businesses trying to address a need and keep the lights on. Now, after almost three years into a pandemic, they found that the “T” in STEM which stands for technology is now part of the new normal in ways that would not have been so easily and quickly adopted if the pandemic hadn’t changed the way we learn, work and deliver healthcare. Online learning at a university level has been around for over 30 years and telemedicine began in the 1960’s so much of what we’ve seen as a result of the pandemic aren’t new concepts, just a fast tracked adoption of them. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is an estimated projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030”. Medics Camp seeks to reduce that shortfall by providing more children an opportunity to experience STEM and medical science at an early age and through the power of technology.
The current generation of children ages 5-12 have always had the internet and technology at their fingertips and are as comfortable with technology as they are with their stuffed animals and plastic toys. STEM education provides kids an opportunity to prepare for careers of the future. Even if kids think they don’t like Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math and don’t end up pursuing a STEM specific career, STEM learning focuses on skills that are critical to any career and helps to build a life skill tool box. Things like problem solving, logical thought processes, critical thinking and creativity are strong mental habits that will help children succeed in any career they pursue. STEM camps also encourage team building and collaboration.
Medics Camp virtual programs offer an opportunity for kids to be doctors for a week as they explore the human body, health and careers in the medical field. Medics Camp gets bright, intellectually curious kids excited about science while having fun learning with like minded peers from around the world because it’s virtual. Their mission is to inspire kids to help others and to prepare them for the future. For some children, Medics Camp is the first step in their medical journey. Each day at Medics Camp has different medical related themes upon which age based activities, experiments, games and crafts are delivered in a fun and creative way.
Medics Camp continues to build and expand their virtual program offerings and new for 2022 they’ve launched their First Aid and Leadership Camp called FALCON is for kids ages 13 & 14. This is an age group that often ages out of the typical day camp but aren’t old enough to be camp counselors.
There are now 9 different virtual Medics Camp theme weeks to choose from and virtual STEM programs like Medics Camp are a great option for families who are looking to balance active summer fun with fun active learning. A split between onsite and online camps is also a great way to keep 8 weeks of camp affordable since programs like virtual Medics Camp is less than half the price of a similar STEM onsite camp. Virtual STEM programs are perfect for parents working from home or a respite for grandparents who may be caring for children over the summer.