Young gaming enthusiasts clicked away on Wednesday, July 8, at Minecraft Gameplay camp, offered through Newtown Continuing Education, in the Reed Intermediate School’s computer lab.
This past week Tim McGuire, the computer technology teacher at Reed, led 15 students grades five and above through the world of Minecraft, a popular computer and video game.
Minecraft, released in 2009 by Swedish programmer Mojang, has sold more than 20 million copies on personal computers and Macs, according to its website, minecraft.net.
Sandy Hook resident and rising junior at Westover School of Middlebury, Sophie Ackert attended Running Start’s Young Women’s Political Leadership Program, which was held in Washington, DC, from July 6 to 12.
After learning about the program from an administrator at her school, Sophie said she wrote multiple essays for her application to attend the event. Middlebury resident and fellow Westover School student Sarah Cavallaro also attended the program.
Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s summer camp programs continue on Monday with a week-long Primitive Skills camp, which runs July 27 to August 14. The school’s summer camp programs run weekly, and are $325 each week. Registration is open through Monday morning, at the start of each week’s session, as long as Camp Administrator Carrie Reilly is contacted over the weekend to notify her of the expected last minute registrants. The summer camps are held at the school’s north campus, located at 40 Dodgingtown Road in Newtown.
Education Connection is offering a tuition-free academic enrichment program next week for area students entering second to third grade titled “Tails to Tales”; it is all things animals and will focus on science and reading. The program will meet Monday, July 27, through Friday, July 31, from 9 am to 3 pm, at West Whisconier Middle School in Brookfield.
Students in Newtown Continuing Education’s Design It, Build It, Launch It camp tested some of their designs on Wednesday, July 15, with the help of Newtown Hook & Ladder Company #1 firefighters. For the second year in a row, Design It, Build It, Launch It instructor Rick Lowry challenged his campers to design and create a contraption that could safely hold and prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from the height of an extended ladder truck. As campers gathered outside Reed Intermediate School last Wednesday, the students held their creations in their hands. The campers had used things like duct tape, bubblewrap, old tissue boxes, wooden sticks, plastic straws, and “fluffy pipe cleaners” to design and build their containers.
Newtown Continuing Education has launched the 24th year of its SMART camp.
The Summer, Music, and Art camp is held at Head O’Meadow School and offers a variety of different classes for children from kindergarten to sixth grade.
“A program with that kind of longevity tells you that the children are having a good time, and the parents are happy. So here we are, 24 years later,” said Stephanie Schwartz, the program's site supervisor.
According to Ms Schwartz, there are 92 students enrolled in the current session. The camp is open to children from in and around Newtown, but the students are primarily from Newtown. Classes meet from 8:30 am until 1 pm, five days a week for two weeks. Every student attends the same three classes of his or her choice for the two weeks of the program.
The C.H. Booth Library held its first Cupcake Wars event on Wednesday, July 8. The event was inspired by the popular Food Network television show of the same name, according to Young Adult Librarian Kim Weber. However, the idea came from other libraries in the area. “Libraries love to borrow good ideas from other libraries,” said Ms Weber. Four long tables were set up for the day with paper plates, frosting, and other materials for decorating cupcakes. About five to eight children sat at each table, all facing the middle of the room.
Fraser Woods Montessori School students and math teacher Zach Brown released trout into a stream at Dickinson Memorial Park on Friday, June 19.
According to Mr Brown, the trout arrived as eggs at the school in October, and students at Fraser Woods Montessori School oversaw the trout’s growth. Middle school students at the school did water testing activities, among other things, and the younger students also participated in activities with the trout.
Mr Brown estimated that 44 trout were released into the stream at Dickinson Memorial Park.
Campers at Two Coyotes Wilderness School’s Woodland Arts summer camp took part in crafts and activities on Wednesday, July 1, at the school’s Newtown location, at Sticks and Stones Farm on Huntingtown Road. Two Coyotes’ Woodland Arts camp provides explorers ages 5 to 13 with a resourceful approach to nature, using what the woods have to offer to create an endless variety of tools and art, according to lead mentor Ross Fredell.