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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Summer Camps (for Students AND Teachers)

What are you doing this summer? More importantly, what are your kids doing this summer? Why not send them to camp?

Tonto Creek Camp is where we take our 4th graders every year to prepare them for the Arizona Science Assessment (AIMS). Read about our classes here. This summer, Tonto Creek Camp is hosting two unique camp experiences. 

SEED Camp For youth high school age who want to learn first-hand about business!  This is a creative outdoor gathering like no other.  SEED CAMP is where aspiring youth meet and forge bonds with successful local professionals and higher education experts!  Not your typical camp, this is a four days that will inspire, increase innovation and cultivate collaboration.  Each day CAMPers  take part in creative product development, beta testing and interactive workshops like; realizing your dream & conscious capitalism, hear from inspirational speakers and have fun facing outdoor challenges during educational outdoor activities such as: hiking, low-ropes leadership challenges.   

SEED Camp is an experience that will open your mind, connect you to an amazing community of influencers and show how spending four days in the woods unplugged can help you plant the seeds  of your dreams!

There are 3 camp sessions available from June 4th-8th 

Fresh Air Camp An unforgettable experience that connects youth to an amazing natural environment beyond their day-to-day life.  No air pollution, noise pollution or light pollution and no automation pollution.  Fresh Air SUMMER CAMP is brimming with summer spirit! Providing nature immersion and educational adventure for boys & girls, ages 10-13 years.   Our well trained, experienced field instructors guide campers in hands-on, STEM centered activities, leadership activities, experiential knowledge of plants, animals and more. 

Activities include: Ecology Hike, STEM Photography, STEM Classes, Orienteering & Wilderness Survival, Archery, Engineering, Low-ropes Course Challenges, Gaga Ball, Volleyball, Team Building Games, Star Viewing and of course S’mores ‘round the campfire. 

There are 2 camp sessions available from July 25th-31st.

As you can imagine, bunks fill up fast for these camps. 
Please don't let cost be a factor, as scholarships are available
For more information, click the links or 
email the camp at   844-411-CAMP(2267).

But what about you? How about STEM Boot Camp?

Arizona Department of Education is hosting a 2-day STEM Boot Camp for teachers of grades 3-6.  

"STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should not be viewed as curriculum, but rather a way of organizing, integrating, and delivering instruction through an intentional interdisciplinary mindset. There is an increasing need to better understand STEM and provide for more rigorous, relevant and engaging interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning opportunities. This 2-day 'boot camp' will energize and motivate teachers by building background, providing tools and resources with support to successfully implement integrated STEM connections. 

Through this engaging, hands-on 2-day STEM Boot Camp participants will:• Develop a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of STEM teaching and learning• Build their own STEM teaching toolkit based on research and best practices• Create a framework to develop and sustain a STEM learning environment" (ADE)

Participants will receive the book, STEM Lesson Essentials - Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, by authors JoAnne Vasquez, Michael Comer, and Cary Sneider.

Teachers will be eligible for 13 hours of PD credit. Registration is only $50 and that includes the book. While this "camp" is located in Arizona, it is not restricted to Arizona teachers. All are welcome. Please note this "camp" does not provide lodging/meals. 

"This 2-day 'boot camp' will energize and motivate teachers by building background, providing tools and resources with support to successfully implement integrated STEM connections," Jen Gutierrez, Arizona Department of Education.

There will be two sessions, June 1-2 and July 7-8. Currently, there are only 20 seats remaining. Register soon (teams encouraged) to ensure your spot at the table! Click here to register today.

Want a truly unique adventure? Live at the Biosphere2 this summer! 

Yes, you read that correctly. You have the opportunity to live at the Biosphere2 (near Tucson) this summer. While there, you will be engaged in STEM professional development. The Summer Institute goes from June 8th-20th and is open to any Arizona-based active 1st-5th grade teacher. The cost of $100 covers your PD for the 13 days (including 130 hours credit), lodging, and all meals. Good meals. Seriously? How can you turn down this amazing opportunity? 

As you can imagine, spots are limited (I mean, there's only so much room in the Biosphere) and they fill fast! Talk it over with your family (because you won't see them for 13 days) and apply today

For more information, go directly to the site for Arizona Center for STEM Teachers

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