Camp STEAM Ahead seeking community support for matching grant

COLUMBIA CITY — The Camp STEAM Ahead program recently received a $5,000 matching grant from The Dekko Foundation, and leaders from the program are seeking community support to meet their goal.

Camp STEAM Ahead is a summer program for local children entering first through sixth grades, and will take place June 25-29 this year. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

Students practice valuable soft skills such as collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and most importantly, perseverance, by learning from their failures and successes.

“The greatest reward I receive from camp is when students see learning as a process, and not as a direct path to right or wrong,” said Camp STEAM Ahead Director Rachelle Patrick.

This year’s modules include: Knobby Knees – campers will explore the ins and outs of how knees work in animals and humans; Tenacious Tinkering – students take part in a variety of hands-on activities from using pulleys to creating a pinhole camera; Mighty Movements – we are firm believers in the benefits of exercise and movement here at Camp STEAM Ahead; Shipwreck! – a pirate themed session that focuses on buoyancy and ship building; Marvelous Machine Mania – campers will be ready to mesh simple machines, “junk” items, and the infamous Rube Goldberg into a building frenzy.

“As a parent, I love seeing my child come home each night looking for opportunities at home to continue applying what she did at camp that day,” said a local parent.

If you would like to make a financial gift to help support Camp STEAM Ahead, you may drop off or mail donations to the Community Foundation of Whitley County at 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725. Kindly make checks out to “CFWC” with the Camp STEAM Ahead fund in the memo line. You may also go online to cfwhitley.org and visit the “How to Give” page to donate online.

Interested in sending your child to Camp STEAM Ahead? Registration is open until June 18. Visit campsteamahead.com to register online. If you have additional questions about Camp STEAM Ahead, contact Patrick at director@campsteamahead.com or 229-1827. To learn more about the program visit campsteamahead.com or follow the Camp STEAM Ahead Facebook page.

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