WHEELING — Legos, robots and the ability to design video games are all part of the opportunities for students in Ohio County schools looking for productive ways to spend time this summer.
Learning opportunities abound in the school district as it hosts science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) camps later this month, said JoJo Shay, innovation coordinator for county schools. from Ohio.
“Particularly during STEAM camps, students have the opportunity to explore what interests them and enter a world of creation,” she added. “Giving kids skills they can use in real life, that’s what we do. And I hope they have a little fun too.
Ohio County Schools will host at least two STEAM Camp sessions each for elementary and middle school students. Students are welcome to attend one or both sessions, and middle and elementary students will have separate programs.
∫ For elementary students, the first week of STEAM Camps runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 27 to July 1 at Bridge Street Middle School. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided.
The first week of STEAM Camp is all about Legos and creative coding.
During the Lego Robotics Challenge Camp, students will learn to build and control robots using a basic visual programming language. And during the Creative Coders Camp, they will have the opportunity to create animated stories with interactive sounds.
The second session for primary school students is scheduled for July 11-15 and they will have the opportunity to participate in the Streaming Stars Camp/Art-Tech Camp.
Participants will learn how to record videos, edit audio and create their own personal logo to set them on the path to their dreams.
At Art-Tech Camp, students will use art mediums paired with robots, electrical circuits, and more to create unique art projects.
∫ The first week of STEAM camp for middle school students, meanwhile, also runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 27 to July 1 at Bridge Street Middle School.
During their first week of STEAM camps, middle schoolers will focus on robotics. There will be a “Robot Rookies Camp” for students wishing to learn the basics of coding and designing the Vex VRC robots necessary for the world of competitive robotics.
Upper level students will want to enroll in the “Robot Masters Camp”. This camp will include design and driving challenges to push their problem-solving skills to new heights.
The week of July 6 to 8, middle school students are invited to participate in a “Renewable Energy Expose Camp”. After activities and discussions, students will research and present specific sustainable energy ideas and explain their impact on the planet.
During the week of July 11-15, there will also be a “game and game design camp” for middle schoolers, as well as a “tography creation camp”.
Students will use problem-solving and strategy skills to create their own video game using core design elements such as character development, environment creation, and imaginative gameplay.
Meanwhile, in the Make-Tography Camp, students will use multiple forms of media and artwork to create custom projects such as puzzles, stickers, decals, and more. using creative tools such as Cricuts, Glowforge laser engravers and 3D printers.
– There will also be regular summer school sessions in the school district starting next week.
In-person summer school opportunities for Wheeling Park High School students begin Tuesday and continue through June 24. Classes will take place every day from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Summer sessions for elementary and middle school students begin June 21 and end July 15. Daily teaching hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be served at all summer school sessions, and transportation will be provided.
Morning summer classes will focus on the math and reading curriculum, while there will be enrichment and mindfulness activities for students in the afternoons, according to Shay. Students continue to be interested in participating in summer activities, she said.
“In particular, our elementary numbers are still high,” she said. “We are still seeing good numbers. We encourage anyone interested in participating to contact us. »
Those wishing to apply for one of the Ohio County Schools Summer Programs should go to https://sites.google.com/wphs.ohio.k12.wv.us/2022-ocs- summer-sessions/home to fill out the application forms.