STEAM-focused summer camps reinforce critical thinking and life-long skills.
If your child loves to tinker with toys or ask a lot of questions, they may be ready for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education at summer camp. In addition to providing hours of fun and games, a STEAM-focused camp teaches important skills like critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and adaptability. After a year of remote or hybrid schooling, an energetic and educational summer camp may be just what your kids need!
Stop the Summer Slump
The dreaded summer slump often contributes to wasted instructional time in the fall, which is why, as recent research indicates, kids need to keep practicing learning during the summer. FasTrack Summer STEAM Adventure keeps kids stimulated with focused reading, practical mathematics, and the lively interaction that children crave when school is out for the summer. Each day is packed with exciting activities that encourage concentration, communication, and confidence—skills that are critical for successful 21st century learners.
Spark a Passion for Science
Summer is a great time for kids to pursue new interests—like science—and according to a recent study, extracurricular exposure to a STEAM education leads to a greater interest in science beyond school. That’s why kids really benefit from programs like FasTrack Summer STEAM Adventure’s “Young Scientists, Old Bones”—where Dr. Dino, a paleontologist, guides them through the land of dinosaurs; or the “Anatomy of Me” class where kids learn about the human body in a fun and supportive environment.
Stimulate Career Interest
While summer camp may seem like the last place that kids would be thinking about their career, it’s never too early to ignite the kind of curiosity that leads to meaningful work. A two year study of nearly 1,600 middle school students across the country revealed that “students who once participated in science summer camps were more likely to later report a career interest in the science and engineering fields.” It’s clear that enrolling your child in a STEAM education, like FasTrack Summer STEAM Adventure, leads to more options throughout school, college, and beyond.
Academic Success without Pressure
At a STEAM-focused summer camp, kids can experience the joy of academic achievement without the pressure of school. Recent research emphasized the benefits of a supportive, “second home” for kids’ perception of learning. In other words, a few weeks at a STEAM-education- focused camp, where they feel safer and more supported while learning, often leads them to feel more confident and take greater academic risks at school.
Exposure to Art and the Creative Process
As an article in The Boston Globe made clear, arts education has a tremendous effect on student motivation and achievement, as well as brain development. Summer camp is a perfect time for children to explore their creativity in non-traditional ways that emphasize individual expression as well as real-world collaboration skills. Creative skills also encourage kids to turn away from the screen and seek entertainment within their own mind. At FasTrack Summer STEAM Adventure’s Artist Studio, kids are inspired by the works of famous artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso while creating their own unique art. They also learn digital art, make sculpture, and illustrate books.
A STEAM education offers children the chance to learn, grow, and explore new modes of thinking and doing. A STEAM-focused summer program can not only boost academic performance during the school year, it can also build confidence, creativity, resiliency—all in the name of fun!