Tampa Solid Waste Hosts Workshop for Local STEM Camp

STEM Campers demonstrate robotic trash can at STEM Solid Waste Workshop

The City of Tampa Solid Waste Department will host a workshop with a local science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) summer camp, Quest STEM. The camp is a program of Gentleman’s Quest of Tampa Inc.

The mentorship program helps minority teens in Tampa Bay by putting them on the path to success after graduating from high school.

STEM Quest campers will attend the one-day workshop at the Tampa Department of Solid Waste at 4010 W. Spruce Street on Thursday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m.

The campers will present two prototypes, a robotic dustbin and a recycling aid device. Both were developed and created in six short weeks by campers. Solid Waste Director Larry Washington tasked the group with creating a solution to address the problem of improper recycling within city limits.

Quest STEM campers will also learn about the solid waste industry, explore the impact of STEM on the industry, and get an up-close look at how solid waste vehicles work.

Since 2014, Gentleman’s Quest has helped hundreds of young minority men realize their full potential as students, make positive choices, and equip them with the skills to become productive citizens.

STEM Quest is an interdisciplinary program that lets teens explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The program provides a creative space that teaches technical skills for future STEM careers in a fun and engaging setting.