MACS Summer Camps 2018
Although school has been out for several weeks for summer break, the work and learning is continuing in Mount Airy City Schools.
This summer the district is providing more than 240 kids with summer camp experiences through 21 camps that reflect the district’s science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics curriculum framework, the school system said recently.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are being exposed to entrepreneurship, problem solving, critical thinking skills, design, community service, and the arts through the summer programming line up.
Students selected camps from a menu of 19 free camps and two paid camps. All free camps have been made possible through the district’s $1.2 million 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that provides both after-school programs and summer programming.
The district employed 21 certified teachers to lead camps with five other staff members and seven students to support in learning during camps. Mount Airy High School students Owen Perkins and Olivia Wilson volunteered to help assist with meals and camps serving a combined 120 hours.
Every camp included free breakfast and lunch for all students as well as free transportation for students attending Mount Airy City Schools.
The Leader in Action camp facilitated opportunities for students to learn about community service and how their action can help while improving their local community.
Downtown Connection – Career Exploration was led by Mount Airy Middle School’s Career Development Coordinator Catrina Alexander. This camp took middle school students on trips to meet business leaders where they learned about entrepreneurship, owning a business, and local services. “These opportunities allowed students to practice good communication skills and become acclimated to middle school life,” the school system said.
RoboKids allowed students to learn how coding is used in their everyday life. Students were able to manipulative robots and various technologies to complete related activities. At the end of the week students formed groups and competed to see who could finish six missions and score the highest points. Each mission has specific instructions on what their robot needed to do to complete the mission.
“Students had to work under pressure, communicate clearly with teammates, and problem-solve using mathematical concepts to be successful in each mission,” school system officials said.
Healthy Living camp consisted of learning the importance of having a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet. Students learned the life importance of team and individual sports and the life lessons learned through participating in athletics. The camp brought in guest speakers to share their stories with students.
Passport to Understand – Scotland and Mexico were separate camps where students explored the heritage of Scotland and Mexico encompassing dance, food, games, sports, housing, clothing, and education. Students also took part in virtual trips to locations in the countries and celebrations they chose.
When I Grow Up will bring the game “Life” to reality as students explore what options await them after high school graduation. Students will dive into college and career choices, visit a college campus, meet adults from various career fields, and sample tasks from different careers.
Mandarin Chinese will expose students to the Chinese language and culture. This experience will allow students to prepare for upcoming Chinese classes at the middle and high school level.
Under the Seas allows students to “dive into the deep blue sea.” Students will have the opportunity to learn about the five oceans of the world with through various “engaging hands-on” activities. “Each day students will dive in to learn about many sea animals as well as how humans impact these animals,” school officials said. “They will be able to create digital projects, conduct science experiments, and use robots to explore the mysteries of the ocean.”
Kid Versus Wild will take students on a journey with the main character of the book “Hatchet” with fourth grade teachers Adam Johnson and Lauren Murphy. During the week students will finish reading the book “Hatchet” and participate in related activities while they learn about airplanes, survival skills, nature, and more.
Dream It. Do It. Camp took students to various business in the area. “Manufacturing has a proud tradition in North Carolina, but today’s manufacturing is very different than it was just a generation ago,” the school said in describing the camp. “Today, manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities and fast paced, exciting work environments.” Dream it. Do It. is an initiative that helps connect local manufacturers, schools, community colleges, community-based organizations and other stakeholders.
This year the district replaced the costly Camp Invention with Create and Innovate which allowed parents to enjoy a week of innovation at a third of the cost. Teachers Kelly Johnson and Garrett Howlett along with Johnson will be conducting Create and Innovate camps throughout the district.
“As a district we are excited to offer the opportunity to engage in summer learning that inspires, excites, and fully engages students,” said Director of Grants Penny Willard. “This also allows our teachers to be empowered and share their passions while also enhancing their craft as an educator.”
“I like teaching summer camps because it helps me and the students avoid the summer slide. It keeps our minds active while participating in fun, enriching activities. We all continue to develop social and leadership skills through group activities. Leading summer camps has helped me to be more creative as a teacher. It’s summertime so I’m competing against video games indoors” stated Johnson.