Students working on science project at lab table

Carthage ISD is hosting the Summer STEM Career Immersion (SCI) Camp at Libby Elementary this week, July 10-14, for students entering grades 3-5 and next week, July 17-21, for students entering grades 6-8.

The SCI camps are developed and offered in partnership with the acclaimed Science Mill in Johnson City. Each week-long program is carefully designed to inspire interest in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in a fun, friendly way, according to Jeff Wheatcraft, Director of STEM Education Growth at the Science Mill.

“The Science Mill SCI-Camps energize and excite students to engage in deep STEM investigations while learning about careers in STEM fields,” Wheatcraft said. “Even for students with little prior background in STEM, after a week of camp, a large majority state they are interested in pursuing a STEM career.”

Local, trained instructors lead students through age-appropriate units covering matter/chemistry, coding & robotics, engineering, life sciences/biology, and STEM entrepreneurship. Camps are hosted by schools, districts, and community partners that share the Science Mill’s mission to boost students’ confidence and build 21st-century STEM career readiness.

“We are so excited to be partnering with Science Mill to host the SCI camp again this year," said Carthage ISD Curriculum Director Allen Koch. "Our local teachers have been trained by Science Mill and are excited to offer a fun, interactive learning experience for our students that will expand their understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives and to start them on a path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

The Science Mill is a 501(c)3 non-profit museum that opened in 2015 to offer innovative STEM programs and interactive exhibits to all students–regardless of economic status, location, gender or race. For more information, visit