S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp
Mount Vernon City School District
Just Inspire designed a highly-regarded S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) Summer Day Camp program for Mount Vernon City School District. Over a six-week period (five days per week) during July and August, our S.T.E.A.M. Summer Day Camps provide academic support that taps into student interest and sparks their imagination. These programs foster increased scholastic engagement through challenging content and positive relationships with adults who are nurturing, caring and supportive. In line with best instructional practice, camps feature small groups as separate cohorts. Students in each classroom receive intense instruction from teams consisting of a Just Inspire Educational Consultant, Certified Teacher, and, where needed, a Teaching Assistant. This staffing configuration ensures that each student receives the type of focused attention needed to master challenging scholastic content.
S.T.E.A.M. Summer Day Camps include hands-on, project-based learning (PBL) activities that make learning an enjoyable experience for each student as they experience the satisfaction of scientific inquiry and exploration. Just Inspire’s focus on PBL activities provide students with the sense of accomplishment that makes them look forward to the classroom experience on a daily basis. We have found that this sense of inspiration often carries over into the regular school year, resulting in better classroom attendance for students who had previously evidenced chronic truancy in their regular schools.
All S.T.E.A.M. Summer Day Camp activities are age and grade-level appropriate, aligned with state and federal standards where applicable. As an example, in the early elementary grades, children use basic manipulatives including Balsa Wood, Lego Blocks, and other materials as part of PBL sessions. Students in the upper elementary and middle school grades participate in “Maker Space” activities including robotics and 3D Printing.
The intense six-week experience concludes with special middle and high school articulation workshops designed to help students successfully make the often-challenging transition from one academic setting (i.e., elementary-to-middle school, and middle-to-high school) to the next. Facilitated by Just Inspire’s educational consultants, these sessions enable students to better understand what will be expected of them in the upper grades. Parents and other caretakers of children are encouraged to attend these sessions at their schedules permit.