Inaugural boys STEM summer camp set at Ivy Tech Kokomo

June 17, 2019
Linda Ferries, Media Relations Coordinator, or 765-252-5509

Inaugural boys STEM summer camp set at Ivy Tech Kokomo
FCA US-sponsored camp follows on successful girls STEM camp

KOKOMO, Ind. – A new STEM camp, aimed at middle school boys interested in having fun and expanding their knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is set for its first sessions at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo.

Presented by employees from the Kokomo and Tipton plants of FCA US, in partnership with Ivy Tech, the two-day camp sessions follow on the success of “Gearing Up Girls for STEM,” a camp for sixth- to eighth-grade girls that recently completed its second summer of programming. The new camp, open to boys going into the sixth to eighth grades, will offer hands-on experiences in physics, biochemistry, engineering, biology, aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing, and virtual reality.

Two sessions of the two-day camp are scheduled: July 29 and 30 or August 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology building at 1942 E. North St. Cost is $20 per student, which includes breakfast and lunch both camp days. Registrations will be accepted until July 12 and parents and guardians can sign up campers by contacting Susan Turrill at or 765-252-5497.

“This camp is being developed as a result of popular demand,” said Joe Good, plant manager at FCA’s Tipton Transmission Plant and lead for the camp. “The girls’ camp was developed to expand interest in STEM fields among the young women in our community. Families expressed an interest in a similar program for their boys. We know this is an area that offers a great deal of opportunity for all our young people and a group of male FCA employees decided a boys’ camp was a good idea.”

FCA employees will join Ivy Tech faculty for the two-day sessions. The group is made up of FCA US employees at all levels and specialties including executives, engineers, managers, and members of the UAW, all of whom are committed to expanding opportunities for young people in the manufacturing industry. The summer STEM camp projects come at a time when the issue of workforce development continues to be at the forefront of economic development discussions in Indiana.

Those who would like to address the committee, but are unable to attend the hearing may instead send written comments to William Bogard, assistant vice president for budget management.  Comments can be sent to or mailed to Bogard at Ivy Tech Community College, 50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy North Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Sponsors of the inaugural boys STEM camp include Chick-fil-a, United Auto Workers Local 685, Mid State Engineering, Caron & Jones Dental Care, and Security Federal Savings Bank.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, and Tipton.

Linda Ferries | media relations coordinator | Marketing & Communications | 765-252-5509 |
Ivy Tech Community College | Kokomo | Logansport | Peru | Rochester| Tipton | Changing lives. Making Indiana great.

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