Joliet, Ill. – Area students entering grades 6 through 9 are invited to join University of St. Francis (USF) Noyce Scholars and local middle school teachers for a free STEM summer camp experience from July 11 through 15, 2022.

This year’s camp will focus on the environment. Participants will learn about local environmental issues, such as ​declining biodiversity, habitat loss, and water quality. Participants will then use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and approaches to develop ways to tackle these issues. Come learn science and mathematical problem-solving approaches for environmental topics.

The camp will take place on USF’s main campus (in classrooms and labs), and will also include travel (via USF shuttle bus) to Codo Prairie and​/or Pilcher Park for field-based work.

“Research suggests that the middle school years are a time when kids start thinking about jobs,” said Lisa White-McNulty, Ph.D., USF Noyce STEM Educators Program Director. “Our program exposes campers to STEM experiences and hopefully motivates them to pursue careers in STEM fields.”

“With this camp, we aim to grow the pipeline of students who are interested in STEM, fostering a passion for mathematics and science. If we can do this we will open doors for students in a variety of exciting and in-demand careers,” she added.

The camp will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daily drop-off and pick-up will take place at the Brown Science Center, which is located at 530 Wilcox Street in Joliet (on USF’s main campus, across from the Pat Sullivan Center). Box lunches will be provided.

To register for this free camp experience and for additional information, please visit Space is limited and registration requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have specific questions about the experience, please contact camp director Dr. Chloe Lash at

The USF Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship and Noyce STEM Educator Stipend are made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, grant #1755631. Its goal is to help recruit, prepare, place, and mentor excellent STEM educators in high needs schools in Joliet and the surrounding communities.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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