FORSYTH COUNTY — About 70 students a week are going to school at Big Creek Elementary this summer — and they couldn’t be happier.
Called the Learning Bridge Summer Camp, Big Creek’s weekly activities run the gamut of fun summer activities, from crafts and game stations to water play, cooking projects and weekly field trips.
The camp, open to kindergarteners through sixth-graders, filled up right away, said Destini Castleberry, director.
“We have a lot of repeat kids that come back,” she said. “We have theme weeks. We have crafts that go along with our themes. This week is woodworking and so we’re doing bird houses and wooden robots.”
A magician came to camp two weeks ago and field trips include Sky Zone, Stars and Strikes and the Cumming Aquatic Center.
The Learning Bridge is just one of the several camps being offered by the county’s public schools during the summer.
Chattahoochee Elementary is holding many themed camps, including one for dancing, art and math and technology.
Brookwood and Coal Mountain elementary schools are each playing host to Camp Invention, while Daves Creek, Settles Bridge and Kelly Mill are offering other summer camps.
There are also several special programs, such as the Chestatee Page Turners program focused on reading and media center activities, and the Midway Elementary summer book club. Whitlow Elementary School is holding a STEM camp.
For older students, there’s still space to enroll in the robotics camps being offered at Forsyth Central and West Forsyth high schools later this month.
David Johnson, Central robotics coach said the camp was so successful last year it has expanded to North Forsyth High. Students from both schools’ robotics teams will serve as counselors at the camp, which is open to middle school students.
The camp runs from June 23 to 29 with campers at both learning the mechanical side of robotics, as well as the competitive game, budgeting and their construction.
Johnson said students learn about torque and speed and get practice driving and in basic programming. The camp culminates on the June 29 with a battle between the two schools. If the camp fills up, there will be 14 robots competing.
“It’s loads of fun and our older kids are the ones who put the camp on, so it enhances their learning and their mastery and it’s fun for the little kids,” Johnson said.
“If we can interest kids at a younger age, when they get to high school they’re already looking for the engineering classes and the robotics team.”