Outreach

SAME National Engineering & Construction Camps

Are you on an engineering track in high school? Do you want to work as part of a real engineering or construction project team this summer? The Engineering and Construction Camps provide students an opportunity to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem solving techniques while competing among their teams. The application portal for the 2021 Engineering & Construction Camp season is now open!

SAME has been supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) events for over 30 years, and conducting camps for more than 20 years. Our camps, in partnership with the military services, are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond.

SAME camps offer a unique curriculum that features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment to promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving:

  • U.S. Army Engineering & Construction Camp: Vicksburg, Miss., June 13-19, 2021
  • U.S. Marine Corps Engineering & Construction Camp: Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 20-26, 2021
  • U.S. Navy STEM Engineering & Construction Camp: Virtual due to COVID. Details TBD.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Engineering & Construction Camp: Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25-July 2, 2021
  • U.S. Air Force Engineering & Construction Camp: Scott Air Force Base, Ill., July 26-31, 2021

Each camp offers a mix of hands-on, challenge-based activities that help campers learn fundamentals of engineering and construction. Each camp also offers tours and field trips to area businesses and institutions that highlight their respective technical areas. Individual curriculum activities may vary year to year, but all use a competitive environment to promote growth in leadership, team-building, and problem-solving. The competitive nature helps build camaraderie among the campers and mentors.

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021

*Please note, as of now, other than the Navy Camp, SAME is proceeding with planning these 2021 camps as in-person experiences. However, our ability to host these camps will depend on the state of COVID going into the summer. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience among your student applicants if we end up having to shift again to a virtual event.

We are also looking for volunteers to support camp staff during the camps.  More information can be found at https://www.same.org/stemcamps 

 

Exploring Engineering STEM Academy - Atlanta

June 7-11, 2021
Zoom Virtual Platform

Registration is now open for the Atlanta Post's 21st Annual Exploring Engineering STEM Academy summer camp for 8th grade through high school students.  Normally held on the Georgia Tech Campus for one full week, this year's camp will be held virtually similar to last year, with materials sent to students in advance.

We will be doing a call for volunteers at a later date.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

VETERANS OUTREACH

Started in 2008, the SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta provides comprehensive curriculum of care, specifically tailored to meet the needs of service members who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is a customized program that is tailored to the needs of the individual. Therapies include: physical, occupational, vocational, cognitive and psychological treatment. The program includes complimentary residential housing; life coaching; therapeutic recreation; legal and financial counseling; peer support and PTSD counseling. Thanks to the very generous donations of many, including the Wounded Warrior Program, but especially Bernie Marcus and the Marcus Foundation, the SHARE program is offered to those service members at no cost. The government (VA system) does not promote or support this program. It is funded and maintained through charitable donations of individuals and organizations.

Cost per person to go through this three month program is approximately $35,000. If a client has insurance, their insurance providers pay 38 cents of every dollar’s cost of care, on average. The Shepherd Center must raise $70,000 per month to keep the program running. With the rise of suicides in our returning service members (22 per day reported), SHARE is proud that it has a zero percent suicide rate among its graduates. Please help us spread the word about SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center. For more information, Visit SHARE’s website for more information visit www.shepherd.org/share.

SAME Atlanta Post provides dinner once a month for the residents and staff of the SHARE program. 1-2 volunteers are need each month to assist in taking dinner and staying to eat with the residents and staff. This time with the residents will help them with socialization and re-engaging in social activities and as they adjust to having interaction with new people. If you have questions or if you are interested in volunteering for the Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, please contact Kerry Borders at [email protected].