Voorhees holds its e-SMART program for high school students

July 13, 2011


During time of year when students’ brains usually shut off, Voorhees College is busy helping students learn more about science and technology through its Environmental Science, Mathematics and Related Technology (e-SMART) Day Camp for high school students.   

Through a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Voorhees designed a program to improve environmental science education for students and increase the number of students pursing degrees in environmental science, mathematics, biology and computer science at the institution. This is the second consecutive summer that Voorhees has held the three-week e-SMART camp.

“In keeping with Dr. Sellers’ vision of building a community of scholars, the e-SMART program is helping to achieve that goal,” said Barbara Nimmons, program director. “The e-SMART participants are high school students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and they are mostly from Bamberg County and the surrounding communities.”   

During the three weeks, students attend academic classes in the mornings, have various workshops and speakers in the afternoons, and enjoy physical activities such as swimming and playing basketball and tennis in the evenings.   

Additionally, the students are taken on fun and exciting trips.

The camp participants depart on Friday, July 15 to visit the Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. to experience the behind-the-scenes looks. They will also tour the Kennedy Space Center.

The participants have already visited the University of South Carolina in Columbia for a tour. They also visited the Botanical Gardens to learn more about various parts of plants and how plants live and grow. The camp theme this year is "Plants and the Environment."

"We hope that through our e-SMART program, we are able to expose our youth to new environments and increase their knowledge in science and technology," said President Sellers. "We also see this program as being a great recruiting mechanism for our institution."