How Local Camp Brings NASA to Dothan


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Today Troy University kicked off their Summer Spectacular camp for local kids.

The camp takes place at Kelly Springs Elementary School.

"Its project based, we don't even have desk in the classroom, we want them hands on, minds on, busy, making things, building things, small projects large projects and different things," says Dr. Cynthia Hicks, Reading Education Teacher at Troy University (Dothan Campus).

At the Summer Spectacular, children learn a variety of different things, and they have fun doing it.

"We learn about thunder, rain, storms, you learn about ecosystems, the body, all sorts of interesting things, " says Sheldon Ott, a participant at the camp.

"This year we are doing kids as NASA scientist as our theme and each classroom has a different theme from robotics and mechanical to engineering," says Hicks.

The themes play a large part in the Summer Spectacular experience.

"We do different themes, we done books, we've done countries, we even did Wiregrass area one year".

And the tough critics have nothing but good things to say.

"It helps you learn more and helps you get a head start, like this year its NASA so your learning about science and you might need that information next year, " says participant Lauren Woodham.

"Teachers will end up asking you questions about what you learned over the summer and that really helps with what you can say," says Ott.

The program wants to thank local businesses who donate supplies and refreshments for their end of camp celebration.


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