Students from Lemons Mill Elementary School have been on a secret mission this week of the Odd Squad Secret Agent Camp. Family Resource Center Coordinator April Ball coordinated the camp opportunity with the support of Crossroads Christian Church.
A total of 25 students in grades 3-5 attended the program held at Lemons Mill. “We wanted to offer students a fun camp experience and an opportunity to continue learning over the summer,” Ball remarked.
The program was adapted from a KET training focused on early learning initiatives. Activities centered around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Students made soda geysers and paint catapults and used metric conversions to follow a pudding recipe. The activities were messy and hands-on and students loved them!
The green team especially liked the daily mystery challenge that led them to a water launcher they could use to their advantage during a water balloon fight.
Fifth grader Natallie Snyder liked making cars from clay. “Some people chose to work on their own but it was much easier in a group,” Snyder commented.
Unfortunately, her car with wheels made of clay didn’t roll but she knows what to do to improve the design next time. “Some groups made wheels from cardboard. They were the most successful.”
The camp also offered volunteer opportunities for older youth like Jabari Butler and McKenna Harrington.
“I have developed my leadership skills,” Harrington noted.
Ball hopes to offer the camp again next year as an enrichment activity for students at the schools she serves, Lemons Mill and Creekside. She also hosted a Lego camp for students in grades 1-3 earlier this summer.
Students build a marshmallow tower during STEM camp at Lemons Mill Elementary School.