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Rainbows, robots and bubbles: Delta College summer camps spark student imaginations

August 2, 2013
By Jessica Haynes | jhaynes@mlive.com, mLive Media Group

FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, MI — It may be summer vacation for most kids, but the learning continues for some youths taking part in Delta College's summer education camps.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, a group of eight children celebrated the completion of a four-day "Inventors Workshop" at the college's campus in Frankenlust Township.

One of 22 camps offered through the college's Lifelong Learning department, the children focused on learning about inventors and even developed their own inventions as part of a final project with the help of Martha Reyes, an instructor with the Saginaw Public Schools system.

The inventor's workshop let the students use the computer lab at Delta to do research and create their inventions, Reyes said. Each student also worked on a commercial to market their product, complete with imaginary websites, pricing scales and special deals.

On Thursday, the last day of camp, each student presented their project and commercial to the classroom with parents and their instructor in attendance before heading outside for one final experiment in the sunshine.

Their inventions ranged from Monopoly-based board games called the “Rainbow Game” and “Balloonopoly,” while others made their own versions of popular inventions using eco-friendly materials.

“It’s harder than you think. It’s not just making stuff up, you have to work hard,” said Alexander Fuller, 9 of Midland.

Noah Bach, 10 of Essexville, is excited to begin sixth grade at Cramer Junior High School in the fall after learning more about science at the inventor’s summer camp. He shared his recipe for stronger, bigger bubbles with a special added ingredient: corn syrup.

“My favorite is my bubble project because it is so majestic,” Noah said.

The inventors workshop cost $189 per child. Reyes said materials for the projects were included with registration in the camp.

Helene Rosborough, 10, traveled from Spring, Texas with her family to visit her grandmother who lives in Bay City. Her parents enrolled her in the summer camp, where Helene quickly made friends.

Helene says she has learned to be cautious with a hot glue gun while making a robot named “Roberta” with Katherine Frank, 10 of Midland, and Ellyana Tierney, 9 of Bay City.

“I like that you can express your creative abilities and make it into something great,” Helene said.

Amanda Hammond, marketing coordinator for the Lifelong Learning department, says the number of Delta summer camps increased from eight classes offered last summer to 22 this year.

“This year we kind of took off with it. It’s going well and the kids are having a great time,” Hammond said.

The fun is not limited to those enrolled in summer camps; Director of Lifelong Learning Lindsey Bourassa says she has received college-wide feedback about the program.

“Even the staff and faculty are enjoying the lighter footsteps and youthful laughter,” Bourassa said.

There are almost 500 campers registered for camps ranging from arts to science and space exploration, Bourassa says, and there is still time to register for camps starting Aug. 5.

For information about the summer camps Delta College offers, visit the website or call 989-686-9444.



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