The first half of Genius Camp is done, and it's hard to believe that the time is going so quickly! We started last week with our first of 3 planned visits to Latter Library. Genius Campers checked out books to read for fun and to research their Genius Hour project topics. Between activities, we love to see campers grabbing their library books instead of their phones and tablets!
Last week, we focused heavily on our theme for the summer, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART and math). Campers learned about Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and engineer who created a series of impressive kinetic sculptures called "Strandbeest", Dutch for "beach animal". By the end of the month, each camper will build his or her own mini-Strandbeest to take home!
Since Strandbeests are often referred to as "animals" and/or "organisms", campers explored the idea of living versus non-living things by comparing gummy worms and live worms. Guest teacher, Mrs. Brenda Hubbard, assistant principal and science teacher at Riverdale High School, led an additional lab exploration of living and non-living things. For our first field trip, we visited the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to see other examples of kinetic sculptures and local art.
Genius Campers even made their own kinetic sculptures powered by a simple pulley. We also made tetrahedron kites, which, like the Strand-beest, are specially designed to harness the power of the wind.
What will we do this week? Keep reading these updates and following us on social media to find out! Don't forget to scroll down to learn more about how you can support our work and our campers.
Founder, Lead Learner
The Learning Laboratory New Orleans