ASU Summer Camps Stimulate Fun And Learning

ASU Summer Camps Stimulate Fun And Learning
Becky Maxedon / 22 Jun 2018 / No Comments » Comments

Arizona State University at Lake Havasu recently hosted four summer camps for local Lake Havasu City children entering fourth through 12th grade including Criminal Justice Camp, Math Camp, Science Camp and Leadership Camp (starts June 25), according to an ASU press release.

Friday, ASU at Lake Havasu celebrated the last day of Math and Science Camp after two weeks of interactive STEM related projects and activities. Both camps combined, boasted 150 fourth- through ninth-graders from all six local elementary schools, HPA, Telesis and Thunderbolt Middle School.

Dr. Eric Aurand hands out medals Friday morning to students during the ASU Camp. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Students experienced three different rotations per day which actively engaged students with hands-on enrichment activities from local experts and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The curriculum was taught by six local teachers from our local elementary schools, Lake Havasu High School, Thunderbolt Middle School, Mohave Community College and Arizona State University at Lake Havasu.

The curriculum was developed to complement school curriculum in STEM subjects and increase interest in careers that use math and science skills. The fourth- through ninth-graders worked on age-appropriate teams and studied innovative and progressive ways to learn the principles of earth science, biology and chemistry.

Rylee Keickbusch, Maya Aurand, and Mandee Bielecki learn to make music with water during the math and science camp at ASU. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

The same was taught in the mathematical concentration through math in music, math in motion, and secret code math. Students received individual medals during math camp after successfully completing nightly homework assignments. The science kids competed as teams designed to promote teamwork, patience and innovation.

ASU Havasu implemented summer Math Camp for the first time last year and after witnessing the individual student success, high enrollment and positive feedback, ASU campus faculty member and director of the camp, Dr. Eric Aurand, expanded this year’s camp to include seventh through ninth grade with the addition of science.

To enroll a student for the summer of 2019, make sure to register online starting in March of 2019. Spaces fill up quickly. The Vision 20/20, Education committee provided a total of 30 academic scholarships for local area youth to attend the camps.

Dr. Eric Aurand and Wendi Birkhead pose with students Kaia Lam, Mandee Bielecki, Molly Wiese, Collin Miller, Colin Clifford,and Maya Aurand. These students won medals during the ASU Camp. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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