Casey Boothby, a teacher at Vallivue Middle School, has used PCS Edventures robotics curriculum in his classrooms over the past four years. He is currently teaching robotics as an elective for the second year in a row. Boothby said the robotics elective class “tends to fill up” because students get to choose the projects they work on. He explained, “The way I have it built is all student driven, so the students have a lot of ownership and pride about what they make in my class… they can choose something more complex to challenge themselves… It’s really cool to see them take that on!”
Summer season 2015 is approaching quickly and parents are seeking summer solutions to fill the school gap. What many parents don’t realize is what their children will lose during these months of Summer fun. Studies show that a lack of educational stimulation during a break leads to lower test scores, lessened mental retention and on average kids perform one month behind where they left off in the grade before (Cooper, Nye, Charlton, Lindsay, Greathouse, 1996). However, there is a simple solution to this loss - educational summer camps! Summer camps with academic base allow students to continue learning during the off-months, which leads to better learning retention, increased STEM career pathways and offer a variety of subject exposure in a flexible learning environment. In combination, these benefits prepare students for each upcoming school year.