The Institute for Education is proud to present summer camps that are offered at Adrian College. These camps are exciting educational opportunities that teach children about their world around them and so much more. We invite you to read about current and past summer events and sign up to attend a camp!
We are continually updating this website about events and times for our summer camps. Scroll through the page to read about events, or click the provided links to go directly to that link.
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The Institute for Education held their first summer camp in 2013! Titled “Weather & Water,” this camp taught young children the fundamentals of their climate based on the Seeds of Science Roots of Reading®. The children experienced a week of research-based science curriculum and instruction. The camp was lead by Dr. Andrea R. Milner, Dr. Vanessa Morrison and Michigan-certified teacher Natasha Wetzel.
The camp was open for all students in the 2nd—6th grade, and was hosted on Adrian College’s campus from Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21. Students learned about the water cycle, air and atmosphere, phase change and weather patterns. Additionally, the students created and collaborated on a rain garden. To view a gallery of photos from the event, please visit the The Daily Telegram.
Many thanks to Barrett’s Flowers and Gardens for donating flowers to the summer camp!
The Institute for Education sponsored with the Toledo Zoo this summer so local students could attend “Zoo Snoozin” at the Toledo Zoo. This opportunity gave students a different and new experience since they were there at night when the zoo is normally closed. Students learned about the animals from the zoo keepers and had a great time being able to see the animals close up and feel their skin. It was quite a treat for the students to see nocturnal behavior.
Elizabeth, pictured here, said, “I liked walking at night to see the elephants. The baby elephant, Louie, was playing with the tire. We made snacks for the gorillas and then we were able to watch them eat what we made for them.”
In 2012, Dr. Andrea R. Milner hosted the Planets and Moons Camp for local students. The Institute for Education collaborated with Robinson Planetarium Director, Dr. Sarah Hanson; astronomer, Mark Fairclough; Dr. Vanessa Morrison, professor TED and Adrian Public School teacher, Natahsa Wetzel. The students focused on the solar system and the movement of the planets and moon. Students were better able to understand how science and technology advance our knowledge of the solar system. Throughout the camp, the students learned scientific vocabulary and used these skills to read and write scientific explanations. During the camp, the students became familiar with vocabulary such as orbit, gravity, evidence and model.
View the Planets and Moons website at: www.scienceandliteracy.org/units/pm
Adrian College’s Institute for Education offered a summer camp July 11-15, 2011 for youth in first through eighth grade through the All About Learning LEGO series.
Students actively engaged in utilizing unique LEGO® kits to build a variety of battling machines and creatively build and modify machines through basic engineering skills. This was a class of exploration, problem solving, and risk-taking with a goal of learning and experimenting with how machines work and compete. Students learned a variety of concepts throughout this class, including basic engineering principles, gearing and gear ratios, electric motors and energy, problem solving, and communication skills.
“The Adrian College Institute for Education, in partnership with All About Learning, Inc., was thrilled to offer the opportunity for our young students in grades 1-8 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content through the use of LEGO® kits,” Dr. Andrea R. Milner, director of the Institute for Education stated. “This was one of many educational opportunities the Institute for Education will provide our local and campus communities.”
The Adrian College Institute for Education, in partnership with the Adrian Public Schools, offered a summer school program from June 20-30, 2011 for students going into the 5th grade.
Students participated in quality inquiry-based integrated science and reading curriculum and instruction consistent with local, state, and national recommendations so that they may receive opportunities to become proficient in science content and reading literacy. Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is a curriculum that integrates science and literacy to provide access to deep science knowledge, academic vocabulary, and powerful skills and strategies in both literacy and science (SSRR: http://www.scienceandliteracy.org, 2011).
“The Adrian College Institute for Education was grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Adrian Public Schools through this program which is committed to enhancing student’s science content and literacy skills,” stated Dr. Andrea R. Milner, director of the Institute for Education.
“The students and teachers of Adrian are very fortunate to have the caring professionals at Adrian College offering these opportunities,” responded Chris Timmis, Ed.D., superintendent of Adrian Public Schools.