When the Marine Industry Cares Foundation wrapped up its 2018 Marine Industry Immersion Summer Camp at Stranahan High School on July 19th, it capped summer vacation camp experiences for over 50 Broward County Schools’ youth. It was the second of two 2-week summer camps hosted by MICF in partnership with Children’s Services Council, YMCA and Hispanic Unity of Florida, with the first event at Dillard High School in June. “I enjoy being an instructor for MICF Summer Camps because I can see the spark when these kids realize how many opportunities they have in the marine industry,” said Steve Szoke, Dillard High School Engineering Teacher and MICF Camp Instructor. “I see them get excited about learning and their enthusiasm as they tour places like MPT and get into the hands-on activities like the Propeller Design, Build & Race activity and building the SeaPerch ROVs,” he added. MICF runs the camps with support from the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and association members like Maritime Professional Training, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller and Medical Support Offshore as part of their mission to positively impact youth through Science, Technology, Engineering & Math initiatives.
Funding from MICF events like the Annual Spin-a-thon support the Foundation and its programs like the camps, which MICF has hosted since 2015. MICF Chair Sabrina Farmer said, “We’ve come to realize that many of these children don’t know what they don’t know, and It’s incredible when they realize through participation in our camps that we [the marine industry]care about them and their future. From student and teacher feedback we know that we’re making a positive difference and that the hands-on projects, the tours and the industry professionals who visit to share their knowledge are appreciated, just like we appreciate our donors and supporters!”