What an adventure our Summer Maker’s camp was!! Over the eight weeks, our campers took a journey on their “Amazing Race” to learn about some of the natural, man made and extreme wonders of our world. Campers learned about Stonehenge, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Hagia Sophia, The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and the deep Mariana Trench to name a few! Within these wonders were art, science, geography, math and geometry lessons on concepts like gravity and gravitational pull, cardinal directions, and Isaac Newton’s laws of motion.
Fun and learning continued with many special classes and field trips. Campers participated in swimming, gymnastics, woodworking, robotics, STEAM/TinkerCAD, virtual reality games, coding, art, Spanish, circuitry, photography/animation, tennis, chess, and trips to our local library. Our cooking special class was a big hit, as our campers enjoyed making (and tasting) quinoa salad, Asian noodles, and homemade ice cream! Our older campers concluded their biochemistry special, taught by local St. Peter’s University professor, Daniel Fried, by learning about flavor molecules and the parts of an atom. Campers also participated in many engineering challenges, including building structures with toothpicks and marshmallows to withstand holding uncooked pasta shells. We enjoyed our field trips to Liberty Science Center, the very popular LegoLand, and Newark Museum. Newark Museum treated our campers to three different guided tours: Native American Adventure, Dynamic Earth, and “Who Done It”- a mystery adventure in the famed Ballantine Mansion! Newark Museum would like our families to know that they offer 4 free admission tickets when you bring a library card with you! Everyday’s “race” ended by waiting in line to get their “passports” stamped, and lots of dancing!
It was an outstanding camp where there was never a dull moment, amazing learning and fun! We can’t wait until next summer rolls around and our Maker Camp inspires more minds and bodies to move and learn.