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District plans learning camps

Just because summer is around the corner doesn’t mean that the learning should stop.

The Mansfield school district is offering a multitude of courses and programs designed to challenge students academically as well as giving them insight on a subject they might not otherwise study.

From June 15-25, Ben Barber Career and Technology Center will host the Rising Stars Discovery Program, giving students entering sixth through eighth grades an opportunity to experience some of the courses offered at the school. The program will offer: Crime Scene Investigation, Video Game Design, Mythology, Intro to Agricultural Science, American Sign Language, Culinary Arts, Flash Animation, Health Sciences, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Online Marketing and Tourism, Modeling and Video Production. Classes will be held from 8-11 a.m. Monday-Thursday, except the first day, which classes will start at 7:30 a.m. Go to bbctarisingstars.info to register by May 22. Registration fee is $65.

The program will help students explore potential future career paths while making learning fun.

For fifth-graders looking for a challenge, some critical and creative thinking, Asa Low Intermediate will host STEM Camp from June 22-26. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and will immerse students in a curriculum focused on the subjects. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Register at www.mansfieldisd.org by May 14. The fee is $95 for the course.

“Students will gain a better understanding of the STEM field in a fun and exciting way. We want them to engage in reading, writing, using scientific methods and inquiry. We also want to get underrepresented populations interested in STEM careers,” said Marie Medina, program coordinator for advanced academics.

Those enrolled will get the chance to work with local engineers and teachers to solve problems and learn how things work, using the skills from STEM.

“(There are) hands-on lessons and activities that center around math, science, technology and engineering. We have written an engineering curriculum that includes robotics and 3D printing,” Medina said. “It is going to be exciting from start to finish.”

The Math Summer Bridge Program is new to the district this summer, but it will be a big boost to students entering the eighth grade looking for help in algebra. The program will be held at T.A. Howard Middle School from July 8-17. Classes will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday 8-4 p.m. Register at www.mansfieldisd.org by May 14. There is no fee for the program.

“The Math Summer Bridge is a high-energy, academic enrichment program designed to challenge students while enhancing their academic skills. Students will work collaboratively on rigorous and engaging activities that will foster a deep understanding of advanced mathematical and algebraic concepts,” said Angela Martin, AVID/College readiness coordinator.

The course will strengthen the student’s understanding of Pre-AP Algebra and other mathematical concepts.

This summer also marks the first year of the Anderson/Davis/Harmon (ADH) Flight school, a summer enrichment program that will focus on the STEM based curriculum in the three Title I schools. The program will take place at Charlotte Anderson Elementary from June 10-30. In addition to the small group discussions and projects, students will also take field trips to local colleges. Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Register at www.mansfieldisd.org by May 14. There is no fee for the program.

“While addressing academic needs, Anderson/Davis/Harmon Flight School hopes to provide a productive and lasting experience that will both remediate and accelerate academic skills with strong teachers, a strong curriculum, parent involvement and a glimpse of the further education,” said Vic Eugenio, principal of Glenn Harmon Elementary.

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