Everything is illuminated at Fun in the Sun camp

Everything is illuminated at Fun in the Sun camp

The students at the Fun in the Sun camp spent a week shedding light on how solar eclipses work, learning about the sun’s energy and studying the planets of the solar system.

The James E. Richmond Science Center hosted four science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps this summer. More than 85 students in fourth through eighth grades participated in four programs offered this year. The week-long camps focused on forensics and food science. There was an Expedition Earth camp and the Fun in the Sun program.

It didn’t take much to entice Elias Brock, a Berry Elementary School fourth grader, to sign up. “I love engineering,” he said. “I love science and math.”

Nick Deeble, a North Point High School senior, worked as a counselor at the camp, helping set up experiments and other activities. “STEM is the future,” he said, adding that students who start learning and loving STEM subjects early will continue to study them more in depth as they advance in school.

For John Hanson Middle School sixth grader Laila Manley the camp called to her. “I love science and math,” she said. “A camp that revolves around science is the perfect fit for me. Without science we pretty much wouldn’t be able to do anything.”

The Science Center and the Space Foundation will hold a free Space in the Community event 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10. A free solar eclipse event is 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the science center. For more information about upcoming events at the center, go to www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.


The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Marvin L. Jones, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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