Monday marked day one of a STEAM camp at East Carolina University, teaching elementary and high school students all about science, technology, engineering, art and math.
More than 100 students are attending the camp, learning about paint, ceramics, 3D printing and more.
Students practicing 3D printing spent the day designing their own endangered species to print out at the end of the week.
Amelia Wimmer, who will be a sixth grader at Ayden Middle this fall, designed a pangolin.
She chose the scaly anteater after learning about it for a school project in the second grade.
“I know a lot of people hunt it for food and like clothes,” Wimmer said.
She said her pet pangolin will be a girl named Sweetie, and she thinks designing her friend will help her in her future career.
“I always wanted to be a vet,” Wimmer said. “Through the years, I have found a love of drawing animals and taking pictures. My dad always tells me if I don’t learn and try new things and learn about new things, that I wont get to be a vet.”
Instructors helped the students learn new things throughout the day.
“Some day they will be able to get a job because they know how to measure, scale and research,” instructor Daniel Lewis Niece said.
Some students focused less on computers and more on the arts.
“I worked on magnet painting then I did a crystal and now I did some painting with some mixes of paint,” camper Jack Kohler said.
Meanwhile, Wimmer said she cannot wait to bring her computerized creation to life.
“I am just going to be really excited,” Wimmer said. “I just want to hold it, it will be like having a real pangolin, just on a smaller scale.”
The camp ends Friday afternoon.