What kid doesn’t like Lego?
What parent doesn’t love when their child engages in learning, science, technology, and critical thinking?
Well, North Island College is bringing back its NIC Youth Academy summer camps again this year, creating a win / win ratio for parents and kids.
The 2021 summer camp lineup for ages 9-16 includes the ever popular NICBot Camp, where students will learn how to build, program and control Lego EV3 robots. Camps will be held at the Campbell River Campus July 19-23 and August 16-20 and in the Comox Valley July 5-9 and August 23-27.
There’s also a girls-only camp session the week of July 26-30 here in Campbell River and the Comox Valley the week before.
The camps combine fun and hands-on learning in a variety of fields including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), health, language arts and more.
“The Youth Academy camps are a great opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop new skills,” says Ali Sandholm, NIC Youth and Community Liaison Officer. “We are delighted to be able to offer the camps this year, with comprehensive health and safety plans in place to ensure the safety of all of our students. “
Naomi Tabata, director of the Center for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation at NIC, says the school enjoys involving children in STEM, not only because it’s great fun watching them explore the possibilities, but it does also helps to develop the social culture of technology and innovation. In the region.
“We’re really interested in building tech in the North Island, whether it’s supporting tech companies or innovation, we recognize that the jobs of the future will be – in ways we can’t. not even imagine – related to technology, and we want to prepare the community for that, ”says Tabata. “One way to do that is to talk about it, and these camps have been a great place to have that conversation. We get kids interested in programming and coding, we get their parents to talk about it. Communities as a whole are really excited when we bring these camps to town. “
There are also other camps for those who wish to travel to the Comox Valley, including Mad Scientist, where kids explore optics in physics, create reactions in chemistry, and navigate the wonders of life in biology. This camp takes place from July 5 to 9 and from August 9 to 13.
You can see the full list of youth camps offered by NIC this summer, including “Future Health Leaders” and “Jr. Adventure Guides,” at www.nic.bc.ca/youth-academy
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