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STEM Camp & Food Program

June 14, 2019

S.T.E.M. Camp Offers Kids Enrichment this Summer

Water Rocks! to Perform July 8

CR-B is excited to announce that it will be hosting a S.T.E.M camp this summer in coordination with the Summer Food Program in the elementary.  The Food program is in its sixth year, and will again be held Monday through Thursday July 8 through July 25 from 11:30-12:15. This year the food program has moved to the Elementary Lunch Room.  It is free for any child ages 1-18 and they should enter through the south school doors by the PreK room. Children do not have to attend CR-B, but just need to be in Coon Rapids any days of the food program to come eat.  While the food program is only open to kids, parents are still welcome to come sit by their kids. The food program is made possible through New Opportunities and the Iowa Food Bank.

S.T.E.M Camp will happen from 12:00-12:45 each day after the children have eaten lunch in the elementary.   It is free and open to all students in the area. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Many fun activities are planned over the 12 days! Three teachers from CR-B will be using the STEM- Lit-to-Go Curriculum from the Carroll County Extension Office to deliver instruction and activities for the camp.  It is being funded by a grant from the CR-B Foundation and from the CR-B P.T.O. Every day, a specially selected book ties into the activity for the day. Many tied to Iowa- from the first rice krispie bars made at Iowa State University- to astronauts from Iowa.

“It is so great to not only be offering our children STEM opportunities, but to be tying it to literacy as well!” commented Connie Ankenbauer, CR-B’s Summer Food Program Coordinator and Title Reading Teacher at the school.

The food program kick-off day on July 8 will feature the group Water Rocks!, from Iowa State University. There will be 2 shows that day in the small gymnasium.  A 11:00 to 11:45 one for next year’s 2nd graders and under; and a 12:00-12:45 show for 3rd graders and up. Children attending either show will still be able to enjoy the lunch program as teachers will make sure that students get to both that day. Water Rocks! is an award-winning youth education campaign that combines music, engagement, and STEM.  The program inspires and challenges all Iowans to take care of our water resources. Check out their videos on youtube and their website www.waterrocks.org.  Lots of audience participation will happen that day.  

“Several CR-B teachers are familiar with Water Rocks! and are excited to see them coming to perform here at school,” Ankenbauer said.

Other STEM activities include experiments with marshmallows, popcorn, and mirrors. Students will design and build a tower, a bridge, a rocket ship, and a chair to sit in out of recyclable materials.  They will dabble with coding and see drones in action. STEM Camp will see guest teachers from the Carroll County Extension office and Ag in the Classroom. The very last day of the Summer Food Program and STEM Camp will have the kids making ice cream and having an ice cream party with FFA members!

Children of all ages are encouraged to attend and join in the fun!   Older students are also needed to help with small groups of children during STEM Camp.

“Coach Meyer was unable to have a Summer Basketball Skills Camp this year,” explained Ankenbauer, “And so we saw an opportunity to offer enrichment in the area of STEM.”  Ankenbauer went on to explain that STEM has been a well emphasized area in education lately. “Kids enjoy the challenge and creativity of problem solving during STEM. STEM is fun!  We hope that this becomes something we can continue to provide for years to come.”

“The Summer Food Program is definitely underutilized here,” Ankenbauer continued, noting that the average attendance is about 60 kids a day,  “Hopefully with the addition of more summer enrichment, we can see more families using the food program. The program is not just for poor families.  It is meant to help all families and kids. The menus allow for a healthy lunch including milk. The lunches and activities also enhance social skills and fun with friends.  Kids can interact in a safe place. Parents and daycares can save some money for other things by using the service.”

2019 Summer Food Menu and Program Schedule

Food served in the elementary lunchroom daily 11:30-12:15. All meals served with milk fruit and vegetables. STEM Camp held 12:00-12:45 daily (except the first day!)

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