PANAMA CITY - Seven Washington County students traveled to Panama City for a week-long camp focused on various Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics (STEM) fields.

The camp, sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, included professionals from a variety of fields in the areas of physics, marine science, meteorology, chemistry, and coding.

Washington County School District provided daily transportation for this free camp.

Abby Chomos, a rising Roulhac Middle School 8th grader, stated that for her, shark dissection was the highlight of camp.

Students also had the opportunity to go into the Bay to learn about this important ecosystem. Channel 7 News meteorologist Tyler Allendar taught students firsthand about Tropical Storm Cindy, as well as why the sky is blue and how storms develop.

Physics exploration included building spring loaded cars and constructing roller coasters.

RMS student Brayden Price reported that chemistry was his favorite class with hands on experiments from Dan Filsek, US Navy.

Professionals from Nanthealth demonstrated the basics of coding using the program Robocode, which ended in a huge computer-simulated battle of tanks which students programmed throughout the week.

Kathy Nelson of Florida Panhandle Technical College and RMS teacher Christine Chomos also worked at the camp.

The six students from RMS and one from VMS all reported the camp was a success and hope to go again next year.

High school students have the opportunity to attend the camp this week, and once again, Washington County is providing transportation.

Although this camp is filled to capacity, students can find out more about STEM opportunities at Florida State University, including an upcoming The Physics of Dance Camp, by contacting the FSU-PC STEM Institute at www.pc.fsu.edu/about-us/stem-institute.