As a parent of three - very different - children I have always struggled with where to send my kids for summer camp. One day, while searching for a great camp for my son, I realized that I was looking for a camp that I would love, and not necessarily one that he would love. Here is the story of that revelation.
When I think back to the days when I was in school, April and May were always the best months - leading up to the summer. Baseball season was starting up, the days were longer, the weather was warmer, and summer - if you stood on your very tippy toes - you could see summer coming up! Ok, the last part was made up, but we really used to think that we could see the next day if we climbed a tree or stood on the roof.
While STEM activities, camps and programs are popping up everywhere it's important to note that not all of them are equal. Some of these camps and activities are incredibly well thought out, with the idea that every child learns differently, and every child has different interests. I would call those "child-centered."
What is a Robotics Team?
There are several organizations that organize Robotics Teams - including Lego, VEXIQ, First Robotics Competition and Wonder League Robotics. Each organization is targeted to an age specific audience.
When I was old enough to ride a bike and push a mower I had newspaper routes, mowed lawns, raked leaves, and did general labor for money. But my first real job was as a radio disc jockey and it wasn't on purpose.
Why are schools killing creativity?
In education the past decade (and probably longer) has been spent preparing kids for testing, and telling kids there is one correct answer. This is not my opinion, it is my experience as a classroom teacher in Palm Beach County since 1991.
While I spent more than 25 years in the classroom - gosh that sounds like a lifetime - there was a life before teaching that is worth reflecting on. I didn't become a teacher until I was 31 years old.
In the Spring of 1994 I was teaching first grade at a West Palm Beach elementary school. My oldest daughter, Alyssa, was in kindergarten at a school in Boynton Beach, where her mother taught. The kindergarten teacher sent home a flier from a nearby Boynton Beach elementary announcing a "Math, Science & Technology Magnet" program that would begin in the fall.
The schools will tell you that they need more time to prepare for the “test,” but we understand that the "test" is a one day snapshot of what kids were able to do on that particular day and in that particular setting.