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SLC's Camp Explore has openings for students in grades 3-9

Posted On April 09, 2015

Camp Explore at Silver Lake College has openings for students entering grades 3-9 who are interested in investigating the fine arts and sciences.

The camp runs July 27 to July 31, 2015, at the college, located at 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc. The deadline to register is July 17. Scholarships are available for qualified students.

Participants will have a chance to learn from college faculty and staff as they explore their academic interests, uncover new hobbies and make friends. This high-energy, fun-filled camp is designed to inspire creativity and critical thinking, develop leadership skills and cultivate community engagement.

The residential experience, which allows children to stay overnight in the dorms, is offered to students entering grades 5-9.

Camp Explore encourages young students to begin thinking about college and allows them to become more familiar with how a campus works, said Tara Wachowski, SLC’s School and Community Outreach Coordinator.

Classes will include:

* Where in the World is Waldo, Carmen San Diego? — In this class, geared to grades 3-5, students can play world games and create the Earth’s continents from salt, flour and water as they track down Waldo and other geographic heroes.

* Myths, Legends, and Heroes Theater — This class is for students in grades 5-9 who enjoy acting. Through a theatrical experience, the class will examine the myths, legends and heroes who make up who we are today.

* Thinking as a Computer — Students in grades 5-6 can explore the language of computers with digital numbers and logic to solve problems quickly. Learn to determine someone’s birthdate, color by number, take part in a card flip mystery and learn other skills when you think as a computer.

* Working as a Computer Scientist — Children can learn to solve problems and break down tasks like a computer expert. With the skills they learn, participants can create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games. The session is for grades 7-9.

* Painting with Wool — Students in grades 3-6 interested in art can make a beautiful and creative felted masterpiece using wool, soap and water to replicate the style of an impressionist oil painter.

* Sculptural Paper Quilling — Enjoy paper quilling, also referred to as paper filigree, paper rolling, mosaic or paper folding. Participants in grades 5-9 can make a sculptural work of art using only curled paper. The image pops out from the paper creating an intriguing optical illusion.

* Sound Off! — Children in grades 6-9 can explore the properties of sound. Find out how matter vibrates in place while energy moves forward. Learn to use technology to measure loudness of sound and lessen hearing loss.

* Matter Matters! — Children in grades 3–5 are invited to discover measurable properties of matter and why some objects sink or float. Design your own unsinkable ship and experience crystal growing.

* The Super Hero Project — Students in grades 3–4 can create their own superhero costumes as the class learns about real-life heroes and explores positive personal character traits and values. Students also will star in their own superhero photo shoot.

Other activities will include:

* Parents’ Night — At 6 p.m. on July 30, parents can see what their children learned at camp and enjoy ice cream sundaes, camper performances and demonstrations.

* Ledge View Nature Center Field Trip — Kids can belly crawl through Mother’s Cave, squirm through “The Squeeze” and learn about the physical geology and wildlife of the caves as a naturalist guides a spelunking adventure through Carolyn’s Caverns. This will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 31.

* Afternoon and evening activities — These include fishing, dodgeball, nighttime glow games, bonfires, fine arts projects, a dance party, theme days, wacky water games, life-sized lawn games, nature hikes and team-building games.

* Service project — Learn fundamental clay techniques as you work with fellow resident campers to create colorful, artistic totem poles. The collaborative visual arts project will be donated to the Manitowoc Community Garden Space.

For more information about the camp, please contact Tara Wachowski at (920) 686-6208 or tara.wachowski@sl.edu.

For an application form and/or scholarship application, please visit www.sl.edu, click on “About Silver Lake College,” then go to “Events & Community Programs” and “Summer Camp Explore.”