Exploration will be encouraged at the new Innovation Academy summer camp at Jamestown Community College's North County Center in Dunkirk July 28 -31.
The science, technology, engineering and math-based camp is custom designed for young people ages 11-14. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The registration fee is $199, which includes lunch and a camp T-shirt.
"The program's mission is to get young people excited about science," said Elizabeth Booth, JCC North County Center director. "Innovation Academy will make it fun and easy for children to develop confidence and enthusiasm about science and technology.
"We focus on providing a welcoming environment where children feel comfortable making connections with other young people and their teachers," said Booth, noting the camp is led by enthusiastic educators who want to share their love of STEM.
Participants can choose one of three morning classes: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Build the Boomilever, or DYI Computer Programming. They also can choose one of three classes in the afternoon; Racecars & Robotics, CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, or Exploring Electronic Art: The LED Movement.
Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program in public schools may be eligible for a partial scholarship. Innovation Academy is sponsored in part by Cattaraugus County Bank, Deidra Women's Medical Health Services, Dunkirk Lakeside Club, Dunkirk Teachers' Association, First Niagara Bank, Kosciuszko Polish Home, and Rotary Club of Dunkirk.
Registration information for Innovation Academy is available by calling 338-6500.
Information about all of JCC's summer youth programming, including Innovation Academy, Kids' College, Jr. Kids' College, and JCC's learn-to-sail programs, is available at www.sunyjcc.edu/continuing-education/north-county-center/kids-programs.