LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 Summer Activities is now open and will remain open until Tuesday, May 31, 2022. For more information information about these programs and/or to register for an event, please visit the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Summer Activities page at http://www.smcps.org/strategic-planning/summer-activities.
Summer Academy of the Arts (This session is for students entering grades 4-9. Orchestra and strings students must have at least one year of playing experience)
At the Summer Academy of the Arts, students have the opportunity to explore multiple topics in the arts by engaging in the creative process. The Summer Academy of the Arts will take place June 27-30, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Leonardtown High School.
Space for thinkers: a place for scientists and other curious minds (This session is for students entering grades 2-8)
This program will feature a variety of courses in STEM fields, providing opportunities for students entering grades 2-8. Over four days, students will explore concepts such as space citizenship, environmental science, coding, space science, aeronautics and robotics, with a focus on developing 21st century skills such as problem solving, design thinking and teamwork, leadership, communication, confidence and perseverance. This program will run July 11-14, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Leonardtown Middle School.
Environmental Explorers Camp (This session is for students entering grades 3-8)
Environmental education focused on outdoor nature camps for children in grades 3-8. Students will explore, play and create in a variety of natural settings ranging from the Chesapeake Bay to marshes, ponds, forests and fields. Possible activities will include seining in the Chesapeake, bird watching, catching insects, turtles, amphibians, games, nature journaling, and the arts and crafts of the nature. The Environmental Explorers Camp will run concurrently July 11-14; July 18-21; and July 25-28, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Elms Environmental Center, St. James Church Road (NOT Elms Beach Park).
Tech Kids Summer Camp (This session is for students entering grades 5-8)
Tech Kids Summer Camp will be held July 18-21, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. The session offerings are as follows:
Theater of the mind (up 5and-8and graders)
Campers will work as a team to come up with an original story, then turn their story into a script for a short “Theater of the Mind” audio production. You will experience voice acting, producing sound effects, creating music using GarageBand, script writing, directing and audio editing. Whether you call it radio theater or audio plays, the kinds of programs that were once popular on the radio of yore are popular again in the form of podcasts. With the help of the instructor or a helper, campers will put together a final version of their “Theater of the Mind”. Completed productions will be posted on the Forrest Tech Center’s TC Radio & Bulldog TV podcasting site (tcradio.podbean.com).
Calling all budding chefs! (students from 5th to 8th grade)
You are looking for a team of top chefs ready to learn how to prepare something new and exciting every day. Taste your culinary creations and leave with your own recipe book. Wow your friends and family with your AWESOME cooking skills by recreating these tasty dishes at home.
Spark the imagination of a young graphic designer (grades 5-8)
Campers will give free rein to their creativity through art! Explore the world of digital art. See how professional artists create stunning designs and illustrations. This course gives campers the opportunity to learn the basics of digital media and the principles of art, using Adobe® Photoshop and digital photography. Each student will explore their creativity using professional digital art techniques. Project work may include pop art poster design, photomontage and button making.
“The human body, a work of art” Discover the incredible human body through fun and practical projects (5th to 8th grade students)
Campers will learn about body systems through fun and engaging hands-on projects. They will learn about the respiratory system by building “lungs” with straws and paper bags, and they will build a model of the skeletal system with clay, toothpicks and straws. Campers will also learn about the circulatory system, specifically red and white blood cells and platelets through an engaging art project. They will discover more about 4 of the 5 senses (hearing, taste, smell, sight) by creating games to show how we use our senses and how they work. Fun craft activities will be included each day once students complete their body system projects. Activities can include rock painting and slime making, bouncing balls, friendship bracelets and more!
For more information on summer camp offerings, please call 301-475-5511, ext. 32133