It's hard to believe that Grand River Academy's Summer Academic Camp and our first STEAM Academy just wrapped up with their project expo last week. From friendships formed to new experiences, it was a busy time for everyone.
Our Summer Academic Camp students were able to take learning outside of the classroom in a variety of ways. One example of this is Ms. Hiles had her English class learn about the classics by developing their own amusement parks based on various novels. Other teachers used the outdoors as a natural extension of the class. Mrs. Studer's Biology class enjoyed traveling to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge area to look for wildlife and insects both in the Grand River and surrounding area while Foundations Learning Program classes spent time outside as a change of scenery while working on lessons.
STEAM Academy students were kept busy with their hands-on learning during the day and their boat-building project in the afternoons. They took weekly trips to science museums from Pittsburgh, Columbus, to Cleveland to enjoying the sights and sounds of Ashtabula County. They were able to fight their robots using the coding skills learned during the program and discovered that drones are not the easiest to fly - but a fun experience to try nonetheless.
Parents, families, and the GRA community were able to see everything wrapped up at this year's Project Expo. Students became the teachers as they shared and explained what they spent the past five weeks learning. From creating their own student blogs, amusement parks, and "shark tank" proposals, there were some great discussions about summer 2017.
Meals shared and the classic s'mores around the bonfire...it's going to be a quiet few weeks until students return for the school year in September. Here's to a great wrap-up of the 2017 summer programs at GRA!