Blasting Into Summer

Welcome to Summer!  That time of year when teachers can rejoice, recharge, rejuvenate, and renew for the upcoming school year.

I spent my first official week of summer at Camp Invention.  We built castles with flags on a pulley.  We had a joust.  We built snowball launchers (AKA slingshots).  We created targets and launched rockets.  We put together Bubble Blasters.  We truly had a blast this week!

The kids enjoyed creating and building with recyclable materials.  They thoroughly enjoyed designing and bringing their ideas to life.  Most of them didn’t seem to care when their Snowball Launchers failed.  (We didn’t have quite the right materials.)They had a blast just using their creative talents.  They couldn’t have been happier getting soaked when we launched their Bottle Rockets.  They may not remember the complete definitions of lift and trajectory, but they will always remember how far their rocket flew and how wet they were afterward.

I love Camp Invention.  There are no guided reading levels to attain.  There are no assessments to prepare for.  There are no RTI groups to facilitate.  We just had fun!  We had fun learning.  We had fun creating.  We had fun challenging ourselves to new heights.

If you, your child, your grandchild, or someone you know and love, gets a chance to participate in Camp Invention, don’t pass it up.  You will revel in an experience that makes learning and having fun synonymous in way that was always meant to be.

Each group added to the original castle constructed. The kids were all excited the next day to see how their castles had changed.
These castles formed an alliance and a treaty. These words weren’t part of our content, but we learned them anyway.

 

 

 

 

Snowball Launcher (AKA Slingshot)
Target practice!

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3 thoughts on “Blasting Into Summer”

  1. Looks like it was so much fun. I’m getting the impression that the teachers (you) enjoyed it as much as the kiddos! 🙂

    1. Camp Invention is the best camp ever! I enjoyed it every bit as much as the kids! Thanks for reading my blog DeAnna.

  2. Love the pictures and creations your students came up with. This sounds like a great way to start off the summer and the way we love to learn. I know those kids loved coming to your class every day!

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