‘BrainSTEM’ Workshops Engage Youth of Hartford in Diverse Learning Platforms
As part of its growing initiative to better serve Hartford’s kids on campus each summer, Hartford’s Camp Courant (HCC) continues to evaluate fun programming opportunities throughout its summer schedule. This year is no different, as HCC is proud to announce the introduction of the ‘BrainSTEM’ workshops for the 2014 Camp season. These one day presentations geared toward Camp’s age group of 5 to 12 years old, will introduce the topics of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a series of fun learning activities geared to enhance creativity and fundamental skills in each topic. Through a very generous start up donation by Charlie and Janet Lenore and in partnership with the divisions of UTC, Connecticut Science Center, and LEGO Corporation, campers will interact with projects that deal with airplane functionality, the engineering of bridges, and an understanding of the development of actual space suits used in previous NASA space missions. The short term goal is for campers to see the connection between STEM topics they may have been introduced to during the school year and these fun but educational activities. In doing so, the learning process is extended into the summer months. A long term vision is to create a full time STEM program to be introduced in 2015 which will further HCC’s goal to limit summer learning loss for the youth of Hartford.