F2T2 summer camp students

From left, local seventh-grade students Jazmyn White, Sophia Zhang and Macey Clark are at Mount Savage School on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, to share — with second grade students — their experiences at F2T2 summer camp. (Photo by CTN - Jacob Adams)

MOUNT SAVAGE — Macey Clark was impressed that a group of second-grade students wanted to hear more about her knowledge of outer space.

Macey, 12, and two other local seventh-graders were at Mount Savage School on Tuesday to share their experiences at the Future Frostburg Teachers Teaching, or F2T2, summer camp at Frostburg State University.

F2T2 was produced by FSU’s College of Education, the Evergreen Heritage Center in Mount Savage, AmeriCorps and Allegany County Public Schools.

At Mount Savage, the three girls hosted a presentation that featured a short commercial they filmed using a green screen at the camp.

“It was just fun to teach them,” Macey said of working with the second-graders. “They were very eager to learn about space and what we learned.”

The hands-on camp is designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as teaching, said camp co-directors Sarah O’Neal and Jennifer Rankin from FSU’s Department of Educational Professions.

The program debuted last year and featured water as its theme.

This year’s camp included students from Mount Savage, Braddock and Washington middle schools.

“We tripled the numbers for camp in a year,” O’Neal said. This year’s program included nearly 20 students who were “very creative with their projects.”

The program also exposed campers to FIRST LEGO League, which involves teams that create and code robots to perform various tasks.

Another camp activity featured a scuba diving lesson that explored ways that astronauts train underwater to simulate space.

The program is designed to teach students about innovation, communication and teamwork, Rankin said.

Additionally, the camp’s focus on the interdisciplinary studies aims to encourage students to pursue academic careers.

“We are currently lacking STEM teachers in Maryland,” Rankin said.

Students at the camp also experienced the FSU environment including the dining hall, planetarium and guest speakers.

Sophia Zhang, 12, said she enjoyed rock climbing and scavenger hunt activities at the camp.

Jazmyn White, 12, talked of experiencing an environment without gravity.

“It felt really cool,” she said. “You felt light as a feather.”

Emmaleigh Stott, 8, said she enjoys learning about outer space.

“I love that all the colors are mixed together,” she said.

Mount Savage teacher Samantha Nolan said the younger students benefit from being taught by their older schoolmates.

“Other students are going to explain it differently than an adult,” she said.

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For more information about the F2T2 program, call Linda Brumage at FSU at 301-687-4759.

Teresa McMinn is the digital editor at Cumberland Times-News. Email her at tmcminn@times-news.com, call/text her at 304-639-2371 and follow her on Twitter.

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