21st Century Enrichment Program celebrates a month of learning and fun

Enrichment

Students in the Gulf District 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program celebrated the completion of the camp with a water day at Lamar Faison Park.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

Students enrolled in the Gulf District 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program celebrated the end of the month-long camp last Thursday with a water day at Lamar Faison Park.

Provided water slides and water guns, students took a break from their regular curriculum of computer programming, math, science and music to cool down and enjoy a beautiful summer day.

The program, led by Port St. Joe Elementary School principal designee Jo Clements, utilized the month of June to teach students in grades kindergarten through sixth how to program their own computer games.

By using the popular videogame Minecraft, students used geometry, science and problem-solving skills to build their own computerized villages.

These villages translated into art projects in which students built 3-D replicas of their worlds out of clay and also learned how to graph them on paper.

“The program is fun and they’re learning skills that rural areas traditionally don’t have,” said Clements.

Lynn Marshall, mother of first-grade twins Jacob and Costin, said the program was perfect for her boys. Marshall recently moved back to the area and said she liked the fact that her kids could continue to learn and have fun over the summer months.



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