Project PelichiPhoto by Christian Chaney

Project Pelichi campers listen attentively to a lesson during STEAM Camp.

Project Pelichi hosts seventh annual STEAM Camp

By Christian Chaney
July 5, 2023

Choctaw Nation’s Project Pelichi WILL, Warriors in Learning and Leadership, hosted their seventh annual STEAM camp from June 7-16.

The camp offered a variety of STEAM activities for students, including workshops, college trips and tours, cultural enrichment and more.

There are two sections for the camp, Junior High, grades 5-8, and High School, grades 9-12.

The camp is open to all students, though it has been predominately Native students who participate.

STEAM camp is different from other Choctaw Nation camps, as they take rubricked applications, counselor and teacher recommendations, grades, and letters of support to qualify for the camp.

Joy Tribbey, Program Manager and Director for Choctaw Nation runs three federal programs for Jones Academy. She says this camp is “the cream of the crop for Native students.”

The STEAM camp has formed a plethora of partnerships, some of which include NASA, Auburn University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa, Northeastern State University, and Oklahoma State University.

According to Tribbey, they always try to help students connect with these universities and the tribe.