Education briefs: Gray Stone hosts summer STEM camps

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2022

MISENHEIMER — Gray Stone Day School recently hosted two summer STEM camps for rising sixth and seventh graders. They will sponsor two more toward the end of the summer as well.

Using new Design Lab space, Jeff Brown created a unique camp where students built from scratch a hydraulic robot. Using common materials such as cardboard, skewers and oral medicine syringes the students built a robot that had a jointed model arm and a simulated hand capable of picking objects up all mounted on a rotating base. Campers learned about robotics, levers and hydraulics and then applied their knowledge to the construction of their robot.

During the week the students learned how to fabricate and assemble many complex parts using
hand and power tools. The purpose of the camp is to give young students a taste of STEM thru a realistic and very engaging project.

“I want them to get excited about STEM and see STEM as a way to solve real world problems and get exposure to engineering in a way that is relative for them,” Brown said

Students took their robots home at the end of the camp.

Catawba College recognized by Colleges of Distinction

SALISBURY — Catawba College has once again been recognized for its honorable commitment to
engaged, hands-on education by Colleges of Distinction, a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound

Among these institutions, Catawba excels at graduating students into the workforce with solid,
well-developed critical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt in an ever-changing society.

In addition to being recognized as a 2022-23 College of Distinction, Catawba was also named a North Carolina College of Distinction and earned specialized recognition in the individual areas of business and education.

As an additional honor, Catawba has also been awarded for its Career Development efforts.
Colleges of Distinction’s selection process goes beyond the overview of statistics, data, and the size of the endowment which is typical of other popular college guide classifications. Instead, they use a selection process comprised of a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews.

They accept only schools that adhere to the guide’s four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. These principles are all informed by the high-impact practices to prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized
college experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

Few questions are going to be on students’ minds more often than some version of “What am I going to do after graduation?” Conveniently, schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. The badge recognizes schools with comprehensive four-year plans, advising, and more.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, Founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”

Catawba’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success. The effective strategies for student satisfaction and outcomes were the kinds of engaging experiences found at Catawba College. “Catawba College was founded with the mission to provide a student-centered learning environment and that mission remains at the forefront of everything we do,” said Catawba Senior Vice President and Dean of Students Jared Tice. “We are honored to be included in the
2022-2023 Colleges of Distinction.”