Carroll County Public Schools recently held a 3-week, half-day summer camp in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to teach students about innovation and inventing in a STEM-based, hands-on collaborative environment. Camp Accelerate, which was targeted for English language learners, was held at William Winchester Elementary School.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) resource teachers helped to guide students as they participated in many activities throughout the three weeks. Activities included programming robots to play soccer, learning about patents, collecting probability data through fair-style games, and making slime. Students also completed ocean-themed activities and decorated superhero capes.
As part of a farm tech module, students learned about the logistics of running a farm and used small models to plant their own crops. Finch Services, Inc. brought in one of their John Deere tractors for students to explore on the final day of camp.
Camp Accelerate was a pilot program funded through a state grant. The goal of the camp was part of Pillar II of the CCPS Strategic Plan to strengthen productive family and community partnerships.