Wolfe County School District hosts sixth annual STEM Camp

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WOLFE, Ky. (WYMT) - Wolfe County native Gary Booth always had a love for science and after he graduated college he took his talents all over the world.

"I've done a number of products at Procter and gamble like Bounty Paper Towels and Pantene Shampoo," says Booth.

Now he is back in Wolfe County, educating young minds about subjects dear to his heart.

"After I retired I was thinking about what I could do to help pay back the school system because they have been very good to me," explained Booth.

So six years ago he started hosting and sponsoring a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp.

"We find one of the hardest things for students in this area is just to have confidence in those fields," says Coordinator of STEM Camp Zach Collier.

All while having fun, this helped students bring out the creativity they never knew they had and opened doors to all the opportunities in these fields.

"These kids are as bright as anywhere, they just need an opportunity,' added Booth.

Whatever career path these students take, camp leaders hope they come back to Eastern Kentucky to put their skills to use.

"We want to bring those careers here, we want to build up a workforce here and that's part of what stem camp is about," says Collier.

Collier added that they hope to offer transportation next year for the students who are unable to get there.

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