Town, Lewis Center partnership is “Out of this World”

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– The Town of Apple Valley has partnered with the Lewis Center for Educational Research (LCER) to add space-themed educational programming to its Day Camp every Wednesday through Oct. 28.

“The Town’s Summer Day Camp typically ends in August when school begins. However, with so many children ‘distance learning’ at home, the program was extended to offer assistance to families that have no place for their school-aged children to go during working hours,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Dave Coleman.

Day camp is offered in the recreation center at Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Experienced staff assist children during school hours and facilitate games and activities for them when classes are over. Wednesdays are reserved for the new and innovative program offered by the Lewis Center for Educational Research that has a long-standing partnership with NASA and JPL.

Programming includes videos, games, activities and science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) based projects shared on-line with staff assistance; as well as activities that go beyond the screen. Every week will focus on a different space-related subject.

For example, the first week’s content about human exploration featured information, games and activities about the first moon landing and the most recent SpaceX launch. After watching videos on these historic events, the children learned how to draw the Orion Crew capsule, competed in the Agility Astro Course and finished off the day by building and designing a Crew Exploration Vehicle.

Day camps are one of the few programs the State of California has allowed to open. The Town’s Distance Learning Day Camp will allow us to serve our community and parents/guardians who need additional support and a safe environment for their children during the workday.

Day Camp was developed in accordance with all state and county public health regulations. Camp capacity has been reduced to ensure safe physical distancing and staff members have been trained on proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, which will be conducted throughout the day.

Town staff are not offering tutoring services and are not intended to replace a child’s primary educational instructor.

The “Out of this World Wednesday” curriculum is included in the cost of Day Camp. Limited space is still available. If you have any questions about our Camp or its COVID procedures please do not hesitate to contact our office at (760) 240-7880 or by email recreation@applevalley.org.

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