Camp offers LEGO building
by Elisabetta Zengaro
Jul 03, 2014 | 2829 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time, Delta State University will partner with All About Learning to offer LEGO Camps this summer for children to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM.

“This is our first year to partner with All About Learning, Inc. and offer the LEGO Camps,” said Elizabeth Joel, coordinator for the Continuing Education Program at Delta State. “We have received a great response from the community about offering the camps, and everyone is looking forward to their children attending.”

Joel said All About Learning Inc., is based out of Michigan and uses LEGO building to teach children critical thinking, problem solving, engineering principles and communication skills.

“The company we have partnered with to offer LEGO Camp also holds partnerships with many universities, community colleges and other organizations throughout the United States,” said Joel. “Mississippi State University and University of Louisiana at Monroe are just two close by that are also partnering with All About Learning to hold LEGO Camps for their community throughout the summer.”

Children in grades 1-8 can participate in LEGO Camp.

“Due to such a large response we were receiving from the community, we decided to offer a second week of LEGO Camp,” said Joel. “A new selection of classes for week two has been offered so that any child that would like to attend both weeks of camp could learn something new.”

The first week of LEGO Camp will be July 7-11, while the second week is scheduled for July 21–25.

There are two sessions for week one: Wacky Wheels and Collision Cars.

The Wacky Wheels session is for children in first-third grade. In Wacky Wheels, participants learn to build and modify different vehicles, such as cars and construction machines.

Fourth-eighth graders can attend Collision Cars where they will learn to build battling machines.

“Students in both age groups will get the opportunity to race and battle their machines,” said Joel.

The classes next week will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. at the Capps Archives Seminar Room.

During week two, Joel said children in grades 1-3 can participate in Gears and Gadgets 1, where they will learn to build and modify LEGO machines by using basic engineering principles.

For fourth-eighth graders, week two will teach them to build up to 13 motorized vehicles using the LEGO kits. Students will get the opportunity to race their vehicles during this workshop.

However, registration for both weeks of LEGO Camp is closed, and both sessions are filled.

“Our first-third grade Wacky Wheels class has 16 participants registered, which is the maximum number of spots available for this class,” said Joel. “Our fourth-eighth grade Collision Cars has 17 registered. Our second week of LEGO Camp is also full with 16 participants in the first-third grade class and 17 in the fourth-eighth grade class.”

Although, campers cannot take the machines they build home with them, Joel said each child would receive a pullback car kit to take home and build at the end of the camp.

Besides the fun of building with LEGOs, the LEGO Camp offers benefits to both the kids who participate and Delta State University.

“Not only do the children benefit from attending LEGO Camp by focusing on STEM through learning with LEGO building, but Delta State also benefits from having the children on our campus,” said Joel. “All of the summer programs we offer at DSU give the students a chance to come onto our campus and experience DSU as a learning environment. This is a great recruitment tool that can be used to get these students back onto our campus for higher learning in the future.”

Parents who want their child to participate in LEGO Camp at DSU next summer can contact Continuing Education at 846-4833, or email Joel at ejoel@deltastate.edu to be placed on the contact list for registration.