School has started a few weeks early for students enrolled in Iberville Parish’s new Starship Program.

The district’s new science, technology, engineering and mathematics program launched July 13 with a STEM camp for sixth through ninth grades geared toward helping the inaugural class prepare through project-based learning before school starts on Aug. 10.

The Starship Camp began with a robotics demonstration of a 3-D printer constructed by Acadian Robotics.

According to a news release, students will be constructing their own 3-D printer this fall.

During the camp’s first week, Shintech personnel participated in student-led interviews, and representatives from Apple taught students the latest uses of the company’s technology. Students also toured the LSU College of Engineering, which has partnered with the school system to enhance instruction.

The camp continues through Thursday with eighth- and ninth-grade students.

The new program is an offshoot of the school district’s Math, Science and Arts academies and will facilitate the full reopening of the old North Iberville High in Rosedale — a campus whose 2009 closure was bitterly opposed by many in the community.

The Starship Program will be geared toward the district’s higher-achieving students, with enrollment for its inaugural class limited to sixth-, seventh-, eighth- and ninth- graders with a 3.0 grade-point average and mastery or advanced scoring on state assessment tests.

Book talk at WBR Museum

Loaned copies of “New Orleans Boom and Blackout” are now being distributed at the West Baton Rouge Museum in preparation for two book club events.

Book club members will have two opportunities to meet and discuss the book, the first at noon Aug. 18 when photographer Thomas Neff will give a talk on his photographs and stories of Katrina survivors, which he later published in his own book “Holding Out and Hanging On.”

Then at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, participants are invited to take part in a discussion and book signing with author Brian Boyles.

Hurricane cocktails will be served.

The book club events are in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

That exhibit runs through Sept. 13 and features many of Neff’s images.

Cruisin’ for a Cure

The Syngenta Relay for Life Team, along with the Alternate Route Cruisers, hosts its eighth annual Cruisin’ for a Cure benefit open car, truck and bike show on Saturday.

The event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, takes place at Syngenta’s shaded pavilion area at 3905 La. 75 in St. Gabriel.

Vehicle registration is that day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fee is $25 per vehicle.

The event will end at approximately 3 p.m.

The show will feature door prizes, a silent auction, a live auction, music and lots of food and drinks.

For information, contact Buddy Lee at (225) 715-4505 or Lynn O’Brien at (225) 642-1667.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.