Barton Hickson, a 14-year teacher and former Dana Point Ocean Institute instructor, takes science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and infuses them with art and creativity to set the stage for meaningful mathematical fun students will never forget in this special camp that kicks off July 30.
The “S.T.E.M. Camp = Fun with Math” takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for kids in grades 4-6 (course #2808) and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders (course #2809) through August 3 in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, 200 Civic Center.
Campers will explore amazing relations between math, science, nature, and art. Through hands-on projects, they will learn to master 3-dimensional drawing and build 3-D geometric models using advanced mathematical “tinker toys” (Zometools). These S.T.E.M.-based projects will challenge students to identify patterns and structural similarities between diverse concepts in science, nature, engineering, architecture and design. Whether building a geodesic dome, a fractal tetrahedron, or a 4-D “hyper” dodecahedron (a shape that has caused some recent excitement in physics), students will be motivated by these interactive learning experiences. They will also learn how various scientists, mathematicians, inventors, architects and artists have been inspired by math and used it to solve problems.
Cost for the fun-filled camp is $175 and registration is available online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org or by calling 949-470-8488. For information about the camp, e-mail the instructor at email@example.com.