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10 ways to help your camper get the most out of the Summer of Imagination 2017

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Whether this is your child’s first time coming to camp or their tenth summer, here are a couple tips when planning for the Summer of Imagination whether it be day camp or overnight camp.

Before they go:

  1. Include your kid in the decision process: When selecting a camp program, let your kid get involved so they can find their perfect summer camp experience. It is important they get to pick a camp experience that excites them.                                                         
  2. Pack the Essentials/Non-Essentials: One of the easiest ways to make sure your kids feel comfortable is to make sure they have all the necessities. Essentials camp items: a flashlight, bug repellant, warm clothes, and sunscreen (check out our packing list here). Non-essential camp items: favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or a lucky trinket can make a big difference to a child that has never been to camp. Encourage your child to bring one item that will make them feel at “home” while they’re at camp. *Make sure to include your child in the packing process so they know where all their things are. 
  3. Talk Before: It is always a good idea to talk to your kid about what to expect at camp. Tell them it is normal to experience homesickness. All adults and kids get homesick. Talk about how they can stick it out and make the most of their camp experience.

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Science Beyond the Classroom for all Summit County Third-Graders

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Third-Grade Mountain Ecology is a dynamic outdoor education initiative unique to Summit County

It was not class as usual for all third-grade Summit County School District students as they participated in Keystone Science School’s Third-Grade Mountain Ecology School Program during the last week of March. Instead of learning in the classroom, students bundled up for the outdoors and learned about the mountain ecology of Summit County.

This experiential learning opportunity was made possible by a generous donation from Vail Resorts EpicPromise Foundation, supporting this field-based program since its inception. For more than fifteen years, Third-Grade Mountain Ecology has impacted over 3,000 eager students in our community.

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The Hidden Purpose of CLAW

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On Monday of our Discovery Camp Deluxe session, the first question we hear from campers is, “Are we having CLAW this year?” Of course, we always answer, “Nope we’ve changed the Deluxe schedule this summer.”  They know we’re lying, but they play along anyway.  Half the fun of CLAW is the anticipation!

Wait just one second… What is CLAW?  Camp Legends and Warriors, CLAW, is Keystone Science School’s color war program.  It is a 2-3 day heavy competition where the camp is split into four teams and everything done at camp is for points.  The intensity and commitment of the campers and counselors is indescribable. 

Let’s take a walk through CLAW.  During what would be a normal camp program, perhaps movie night, there is a strange occurrence.  The movie suddenly stops.  The campers begin to make noise, what’s going on?  There’s a moment of static and BAM! The letters CLAW appear on the screen.  The room erupts in screams of delight.  The games are about to begin.  The Discovery Camp Manager reveals the teams, their CAP-tains (counselor assistant program), and their mascots.  Once all the logistics have been announced, it is full out warfare. 

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Parenting Girls in STEM

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Over the years, women have made significant strides in business, law, and the life sciences sector of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Math). Women were nearly half of medical school enrollees in 2015 and earned about 60% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees in biology in 2014. In recent years, these figures remained steady. But in engineering and computer science, fields with the most lucrative and fastest-growing number of jobs, women fall to the bottom. In 2013, just 12% of working engineers and less than 30% of computing professionals, were female. In fact, the number of women in computing has fallen from its peak of 35% in 1990 to 26%.

All of this means that women are missing out. Jobs in STEM are expected to increase to more than 9 million by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with computing positions, in particular, growing at twice the national average. Women in STEM earn 33% more than women in other fields according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While women work to become equal workforce earners there’s also a different side to the story. If women aren’t employed in these jobs, a female perspective and voice will not be part of the discussion as new technology is developed.

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Duke Energy and KSS Partner to Create an Impact in Citrus Spring Middle School

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Joshua O’Leary shines with KSS teacher training and Duke Energy Action Stipend 

One of the many programs at Keystone Science School (KSS), located in Keystone, Colorado, is our teacher training for K-12 classroom teachers, known as KSS Educator Programs. KSS presents a wide variety of interdisciplinary curriculums for teachers to bring into their everyday classroom. All curriculum options have common themes, which includes the inspiration of critical thinking, engaged citizenship, and the broadening of perspectives. Most importantly, teaching themes are addressed from a non-biased framework, which gives the power of learning to the students. A common phrase around Keystone Science School is “we teach students how to think, not what to think.”

KSS has been using this approach for the last 42 years. Many of KSS’s curriculum options have been developed during the past 26 years. While KSS’s curriculum has been adapted, and shifted for a 21st Century classroom, the key components remain the same. Keystone Science School is thankful to many of our partners and sponsors who have made our programs successful and brought life-changing experience for thousands of teachers around the world.

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