WCPS Announces Summer Design Engineering Camps

WCPS Announces Summer Design Engineering Camps
Posted on 04/17/2018
Newark, MD, April 17, 2018– Worcester County Public Schools is proud to announce a new and innovative approach to its summer programming beginning in the summer of 2018.

Each of Worcester County’s thirteen comprehensive schools will offer a new Design Engineering Camp filled with age-appropriate activities and curricula to spark a student’s imagination and critical thinking skills.

“We are excited to offer some rich, hands-on instructional opportunities for our students this summer,” Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said. “Our team is confident that using this new camp format for our summer programs is a great way to engage our students and combat ‘summer slide’.” Summer slide is a well-known phenomenon in education in which students lose some of the achievement gains they made during the prior school year.

Elementary and middle school programs will run a full-day program, and high school programs will run a half-day program, with a Monday – Thursday schedule. Camp dates differ depending on the school, but all programs are closed in July 4, 2018, in observance of Independence Day. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s school for specific dates and and transportation information.

Elementary programs will focus on grade-level readiness, reading and math interventions as well as hands-on STEM engineering projects. Students at this age level will design a Super Sneaker and a Birdhouse. These programs will vary from two to three weeks, depending on the school.

At the Middle School level, students will have the opportunity to design a roller coaster as well as a prosthetic through its Design Engineering camp. Students will also focus on academic interventions and enrichments during the camp as well. Grant funded middle school programs will run for the full five-week schedule, while locally funded middle school programs will run a two-week camp.

High school students will have an incredible opportunity to work in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to learn about bridge design and construction through the Design Engineering Camp. High school students are also provided with opportunities to receive academic support, earn recovery credit and/or complete bridge projects. Driver’s education may also be offered at some school locations.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Carrie N. Sterrs at 410.632.5092 or email at cnsterrs@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.