Mocksville Elementary’s Summer STEM Camp uses a high-energy, hands-on approach to engage students in learning. During the camp, students work together in “island groups” to solve problems that they encounter on “Discovery Island”. Instructors use a problem-based learning approach to help students research, experiment, theorize, build, analyze, calculate, write creatively, observe and explore the world around them.
Students use ratios as they design an efficient camp site; they learn about renewable energy sources as they build windmills and solar ovens; they experiment with buoyancy density as they design rafts that will stay afloat.
Throughout the camp, students record what they are learning by journaling in weekly log books. Guest speakers and a culminating field trip to the Greensboro Children’s Museum add to the students’ experience and introduce them to a variety of STEM careers.
This is an example of how community donations are working through the Davie Community Foundation in the form of community grants. Every dollar donated is added to the fund it is designated for. You can be part of the solution by donating to the Community Impact Fund at any time, in any amount. Your gifts make projects like this possible!