Troy Dothan’s campus is hosting a two-week summer camp for Wiregrass children to learn about engineering, art, and math with fun, hands-on, project-based activities.
The camp has been an annual tradition for more than 25 years, and the theme this year is “Building a solid future: Imagine it. Build it. Test it.”
The three S.T.E.A.M. subjects will be housed in three rooms. Cynthia Hicks, project coordinator for the camp, said that students are not limited to one subject or one project, but can go from room to room throughout the day.
Hicks also said they encourage inquiry-based learning and exploration, so children can learn about topics in which they have interest.
In the past, students have learned how to build bridges and rockets.
The thematic-based program, allows for children to rely on their own creativity, work at their own pace, and learn through trial and error. The fluid design allows for multi-age grouping, so children are not separated by age.
Hicks said the yearly program has been a remarkable success.
“We have had such a huge return rate… we have children that started at ages 5 or 6 that have returned until they are 12,” Hicks said. “We have positive reports every year.”
The program begins Tuesday, June 18, and allows up to 75 children at a time on a first come-first serve basis. Parents can register each child for $30 per week upon arrival on the first day of camp.
The camp takes place on the first floor of the Adams building on Troy-Dothan’s campus. It lasts two weeks, June 18-20 and 25-27, from 9 a.m. until noon, and a daily snack is included with registration.