Summer Camps 2016 Report

Summer Camps 2016 is finally at an end!

What an amazing six weeks of trips, sports, activities and friendship. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on each of those weeks, and the memories of each that will surely stay with us for a long time to come.

Week 1: Outer Space, July 5-9

Students explored Outer Space with a trip to the Johnson Space Center and a talk with Poppy Northcutt, who the first female engineer to work on NASA’s Apollo program. In the classroom, our activities demonstrated how engineering makes space travel possible.

Poppy Northcutt explains what it was like working for NASA

Week 2: Nature & the Environment, July 11-15

Working to build a sustainable environment is important to many people in Houston. Urban Harvest, a local non-profit organization, spoke to the campers about their program’s mission, while Shelley Rice, a local natural beekeeper hosted a workshop about her profession and explained the tools of her trade. Campers visited the Houston Arboretum and Nature center and discovered the beauty of Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park.

Week 3: Pro-Week, July 18-22

Professional Squash players Donna Urquhart and Greg Lobban visited Mission Squash to coach and mentor our campers. Greg and Donna shared their career experiences and the training requirements of being a professional squash player. Campers enjoyed a week all about squash!

World-class players Donna Urquhart (Australia) and Greg Lobban (Scotland) answer questions about their squash careers

Week 4: Arts & Culture. July 25-29

This week, campers discovered the theater with guest speaker Ann Christensen, a UH English professor who taught the students about Shakespeare, a visit to the Wortham Theater, costuming class, and theater activities that included improv, role-playing, and a lip-sync challenge! Campers responded to modern art with a visit to the world-renowned Menil collection.

Week 5: “Houstonia”, August 1-5

The City of Houston’s unique character and history was explored with a trip to the Houston Heritage museum, a documentary film viewing, and Houston Trivia quiz. The Arts theme continued as world-class pianist Aaron Goldberg (and Harvard squash team alumnus!) joined us to teach students about jazz music and the origins of American music forms.

American jazz piano master Aaron Goldberg introduces students to American music history

Week 6: Careers & Entrepreneurship, August 8-12

Students participated in a week-long project where teams were challenged to form a company, design a product, trade and sell the required supplies, assemble the product, and sell it in the marketplace. Students used “funny money” to perform their own transactions. Students were given money making opportunities for demonstrating good behavior, or being helpful to the coaches. The team earning the most money won the competition.

Summer Camp ended as any great Summer Camp must: Bubble Soccer.

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