The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (YAC) provides a variety of summer camps for kids to learn art skills. This summer they are partnering with the Oxford Park Commission to introduce a new type of camp, Lego Camps.
The Oxford Park Commission has hosted these camps in the past, but they wanted to partner with the YAC to connect the engineering skills with the arts– the two fields build off of each other. By combining math, science, and the arts, the Lego Camps will improve kids’ skills in all three subjects, and they will have a lot of fun while they learn.
“Studies show children engaged in the arts perform better in math and science, so this program helps us put those two elements together”, Wayne Andrews, Director of the YAC said.
The YAC is offering two Lego Camps this July, and they are designed so that kids will “build 21st Century skills such as basic engineering concepts, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills.”
The first of the two Lego Camps is called “A Journey Into Space.” From July 17 – July 21, kids in the first grade thru sixth grade can come to the Powerhouse from 1 PM to 4 PM to participate in this camp.
Instructor Wani McFarland will teach the kids about space engineering, and the kids will use Lego kits to “develop architecture, design, problem-solving and team building skills.” For more information and to register for this camp, click here.
The second Lego Camp is “Junior Engineering” and kids in the first grade thru sixth grade can attend from 1 PM to 4 PM from July 24 – July 28. At this camp, instructor Wani McFarland will help kids build slightly more complex projects than the previous camp.
The projects involve building with gears and motors in the kits provided by the camp. Students will take home all projects made in this class. For more information and to register for this camp, click here.