LAURINBURG — Kate McDavid is a rising freshman at Scotland Early College High School who started her summer off with an entirely new experience — phlebotomy.
McDavid, along with nearly 100 other rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade students, took part in Scotland County’s first Career Technical Education (CTE) Summer Camp this week.
The camp was held at Scotland High School and taught by the school’s CTE instructors and featured various pathways.
Campers were allowed to pick from one of seven pathways to explore including culinary arts, digital media, agriculture, business, marketing and information technology, health science and trade and industry.
Some of the individual classes were adventures in architecture were students learned to read blueprints and create 3D models of homes. Trade and industry had three students working to build an elevated dog house with electrical, a shingled roof and vinyl siding.
Health science was broken down into biotechnology, which incorporated health science, environmental, agricultural and several other concepts, phlebotomy and a first aid and CPR course.
McDavid elected to take phlebotomy, with the encouragement of her mother Stephanie McDavid.
“This was a real opportunity for her to explore,” said Stephanie. “Kate was part of the STEM program at Carver Middle School.”
Now entering high school, McDavid will attend SEarCH and she thought the CTE Summer Camp would help her narrow down what field she wants to make a career out of.
“The procedure of drawing blood was different than I thought it would be,” said McDavid. “I know I want to get into something with science, so I thought I would try this out.”
Lucas Myers, a rising seventh grader at Springhill Middle School, is a huge Jurassic Park fan and modeled his dream home after parts of the park. Myers wants the entrance to Jurassic World as his front door. He also wants pet velociraptors and in order to afford his dream home the seventh grader said he would have to have a job where he “worked all day and all night.”
Myers participated in the “Adventures in Architecture” program during camp after taking an interest in the profession.
“I’ve been kinda interested in architecture in the past, but shied away from it,” he said. “This was actually pretty fun.”
His biggest take away from the camp came after trying to construct the 3D model of a home.
“Hot glue really, really hurts,” Myers said.
Scotland County Schools Board of Education chair Dr. Summer Woodside and board member Dr. Carolyn Banks, both proponents of STEM and STEAM education attended the showcase and were blown away by what the students had learned in four days.
“The work the faculty and staff have done with our students is just amazing,” said Woodside. “I’ve seen students pack wounds, I’ve heard students talk about photography using specific language, I’ve seen students working with robotics and architecture — it’s wonderful.”
Banks emphasized that this type of hands-on, real-world experience is how kids learn — and it can be fun.
“Some of the kids are seeing these things for the first time and this is what they’re going to build on,” Banks said. “If I know I want to be a programmer, architecture, I need to start now so I can grow into my career.”
The CTE Summer Camp also taught students skills they can take with them into the job market, things Banks said students now-a-days often lack.
“Our folks when we send them into the workforce need to be able to be on time, work as a team,” she said. “I think everything they taught the students at this camp is right on target.”
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]