- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—This week, the Community Council for the Arts is hosting a summer science camp designed to combine arts and crafts with core curriculum studies.

The camp splits the 30 participating students into two groups, depending on their age, and each group has their own session, each with its own curriculum.

The largest group consists of children ages 5-8, and meets in the morning.

Following a theme of “Can you Dig It?” the camp’s focus is teaching students about seeds, soil and insects. Later in the week, students will learn to mimic the method bees use to pollinate plants and will plant their own seeds to grow at home.

“They all have so much energy,” said Coleman Becton, instructor of the science camp. “They are so inquisitive; they want to soak in as much as they can.”

The second group consists of children aged 9 to 11 and is considerably smaller than the morning group, with only five registered participants.

While Becton is keeping her younger students rooted to the ground, she’s encouraging her older students to look to the stars, with a number of activities designed around space and the stars.

Some of the activities Becton has for the older campers include making lamps by punching holes in the shape of stellar constellations into cans, building model constellations out of toothpicks and marshmallows, and building their own space-themed lava lamps of glitter and paint.

“I want them to see science is fun,” Becton said. “To me science is fun, but so often they sit in a science class at school and they don’t see the fun side of science yet.”

During the school year, Becton teaches agriculture at Kinston High School, making this week’s camp a special challenge.

“It’s a nice change of pace. They are very different from my big ones I see every day.”

This week marks the fourth year the Community Council for the Arts has held the summer Science Camp.

“Any time we get a chance to mix art with core curriculum material, we want to,” said Sandy Landis, executive director of the Community Council for the Arts. “Mixing art with core curriculum subjects is proven to increase not just a child’s ability to think critically but also creatively.”

The camp will continue through Friday.

Dustin George can be reached at 252-559-1077 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DLGeorge2.


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