Cal Poly Pomona is serving up science and horse riding again at this summer’s Discovery Camps.
Science Education Enhancement Services (SEES) and the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center have joined forces for the second year to provide local kids with an interactive, exciting way to spend summer break.
Discovery offers four different camp experiences for children ages 7 to 17: Computer Camp, Horse Camp, Robotics Camp and Science Camp. Each camp offers three to seven weeklong sessions, with different activities each week.
“We’ve seen the same kids come back for seven weeks straight,” says SEES Director and biology Professor Steve Alas, adding that he expects to have a lot of returning campers this year.
At the Computer Camp, children will learn how to create 2-D and 3-D animations, program video games and apps and work with film-editing software. Campers will also have the opportunity to experiment with 3-D printing.
The ever-popular Horse Camp gives participants a glimpse into equine life. In addition to getting to ride the center’s purebred Arabians, campers learn about horse anatomy, grooming, and horsemanship and assist in the care and maintenance of the horses.
The newest addition to the Discovery Camps is the Robotics Camp. Campers will spend their first four days learning how to program and maneuver their own robots, culminating in a “battlebot” competition on the last day to integrate all of the strategies learned throughout the week.
Science Camp is geared toward younger children, introducing them to the foundations of science using hands-on activities. Last year, the campers visited the Rain Bird Bio Trek Education Center on campus.
Cal Poly Pomona students serve as camp counselors for all camp experiences. According to Alas, the camps are a “training ground” for students who want to become teachers.
“Our primary goal is to foster an interest in STEM from an early age,” says Alas, “and reach out to and engage with local communities.”
For more information and to register for the Discovery Camps, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~discovery.
Participants who register by March 30 will receive a $50 Early Bronco discount. Participants who register by June 19 will receive a $25 discount.