Hayes Center student earns spot in national virtual 'STEAM' camp

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Guadalupe ‘Lupita’ Marquez-Rascon with her mother, Dilma, left, and younger sister, Aurora.
Courtesy photo

HAYES CENTER, Neb. -- Despite pandemic restrictions, a Hayes Center student joined students from around the country in a virtual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) camp, to conduct experiments and share them with the rest of the class via a new iPad awarded to her as part of the honor.

Guadalupe “Lupita” Marquez-Rascon was nominated for Camp Connect by Jamie Garner, director of the Title I Part C Federal program at Educational Service Unit 15, an educational program for children of agricultural workers.

Lupita was one of only 10 students from Nebraska to take part in the camp, which is centered in Pennsylvania.

She joined students from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado and Iowa as well as Pennsylvania, navigating 10 different languages.

Materials and online breakout sessions covered topics and projects such as bio ethics, creating a web page, coding, public speaking and broadcasting, video journaling, COVID-19 information and possible solutions, robotics, astronomy, genetics and others.

“I guess astronomy was my favorite part,” Lupita said, “they had an app you could download and use.” Rural Hayes Center offers some great opportunities for stargazing, she agreed.

A senior at Hayes Center High School this fall, Lupita is busy in band, choir and FFA, and worked as a baby sitter for much of the summer.

The federally-funded Title 1 Migrant Education Program provides supplemental educational and supportive services to migratory children across the nation. It was established in 1966 and works to ensure migrant children and youth fully benefit from the same public education provided to other children.

It offers preschool programs, summer school, tutoring, before- and after-school programs, continuation of instruction between and among school districts and states and scholarships.

For more information contact jgarner@esu15.org or visit www.nebraska.gov/migrant

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