New �STEAM� Camp Coming to Montgomery County Schools This Summer
New “STEAM” Camp Coming to Montgomery County Schools This Summer
Camp Timberwolf will allow students to explore courses available at Montgomery Central High School
With the opening of Montgomery Central High School just around the corner, Montgomery County Schools (MCS) is pleased to announce the creation of Camp Timberwolf: a new summer camp that will let students explore some of the courses that will be available through the new high school’s CTE Center and its partnership with Montgomery Community College (MCC).
Camp Timberwolf is a free, week-long “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused camp for rising 8thand 9thgraders. This year, the camp will run July 22-25 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. Camp Timberwolf is free to all students, and daily transportation to and from the camp—as well as supplies and two meals each day—will be provided at no cost. This camp will be offered annually but will only be for rising 8thgraders after this year.
One of the camp’s major goals is to help students develop career awareness and guide their decisions as they plan for their future. Subject matters will vary each year, but the camp will work to align itself with STEAM-related courses offered at MCHS, MCC and the Career Center.
The 2019 camp will feature subjects including:
- Animal Behavior
- Competitive Bridge Building/Engineering
- Arts and Theater
- Graphic Design
- Writing and Photography
Dr. Heather Seawell, Principal of Montgomery County Early College, says she believes Camp Timberwolf will play a crucial role in helping students create plans that accomplish their personal goals.
“It is never too early to plan for your future and set goals for yourself, and we want to give our students resources to do that,” Seawell said. “Our school system has many wonderful programs and courses in place that can help students grow as intellectuals and as young adults. Our goal with Camp Timberwolf is to expose them to some of these opportunities with the hopes that they will take advantage of them.”
To ensure campers get the most out of this program, their days will be divided into two components: project and industry. For half of each day, students will be placed into project groupswhere they will dive deeper into the available courses and get hands-on learning experience in fields of their choice.
The other half of the day will be dedicated to industry knowledge. Specialists from various industries throughout Montgomery County will speak with students about their career field as well as help facilitate site and office visits to learn more about the available career paths in the area.
Although career readiness is a primary focus, it isn’t the onlygoal of Camp Timberwolf. School administrators also want to use this time to begin connecting the students of East and West Montgomery Middle Schools.
“We see this camp as a significant chance to start building the culture of our new high school and bringing students together to interact and form relationships,” Wade Auman, Director of Secondary Education/CTE for MCS said. “Many of these students may have never interacted with one another before and now they’ll be classmates. Facilitating those introductions and providing a safe and friendly environment to build those relationships is going to be very crucial.”
In addition to project and industry groups, campers will be grouped for team building exercises and leadership development to help encourage intermingling. These teams will be thoughtfully developed to ensure students interact with cross-county peers.
To learn more about Camp Timberwolf, or if you would like a registration form to enroll your child, please contact your school’s guidance office.