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COEHD to host four summer camps

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The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host four camps this summer, focusing on literacy, writing, and STEM education.

The Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies (CITL) is hosting the Roadrunner Readers mentoring program for children in the San Antonio area from second through sixth grade. For two weeks, participants will work one-on-one with current UTSA graduate students to develop the literacy skills of children and young people who need support in reading comprehension. Additionally, two Roadrunner Readers camps will also be offered this summer, one in partnership with Sarah King Elementary School and the other in partnership with Urban Strategies.

“Roadrunner Readers starts with the understanding that each child comes to school with valuable experiences and knowledge,” said Dr. Samuel DeJulio, assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. “The mentor focuses on learning who the child is, what she or he knows, and what she or he cares about. This guides the mentor in building a curriculum around the child and his or her world.”

“At its core, we hope the children recognize that they can be agents in their own learning and they can be agents of change in their worlds,” added DeJulio. “We want reading and writing to be enjoyable, but also for them to see literacy as a powerful tool in their lives.”

CITL is also hosting the Young Writer’s Camp at the UTSA Downtown Campus for children from fourth through twelfth grade. The week-long camp provides participants with an engaging environment to learn and develop their writing skills.

“The Young Writers’ Camp is intended to develop campers’ identities as writers,” said Marcy Wilburn, CITL service coordinator. “Throughout the week, writers participate in workshops to write their own creative pieces. The camp allows writers to explore their interests in different genres and engage in interactive literacy activities within a small writing community.”

The full-day camp runs from June 17-21 or June 24-28.

“We hope young writers will develop a sense of ownership of their writing while deepening their understanding of approaches to creative writing,” said Wilburn. “Through reflection and revision, we believe young writers will discover the power of writing in their lives.”

The Academy for Teacher Excellence Research Center (ATE) will host two camps this summer. STREAMsation Summer Camps are open to children from first through eighth grade and focus on science, technology, reading/language arts, engineering, art and mathematics. There are five weeklong camps to choose from that vary in topic:

  • June 17th- 21st: Geology
  • June 24th – 28th: Forensics
  • July 8th – 12th: Life Science
  • July 15th – 19th: Astronomy
  • July 22nd – 26th and July 29th-August 2nd: Coding/Engineering/Arts

ATE is also hosting the Girl CodeRunners summer camp for middle school girls. The weeklong camp is free and will take place at Good Samaritan Community Services. Participants will partake in hands-on coding activities and learn about animation, webpage design, and robotics.

Learn more about the Roadrunner Readers camp.

Learn more about the Young Writer’s Camp.

Learn more about the STREAMsation Summer Camps.

Learn more about the Girl CodeRunners summer camp.

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