Friday!

Friday –

This morning, we had time to pack up our stuff before walking down to breakfast. We began the day with our last Morning Aerobics and Morning Congress before breaking off into our groups for one final Team Time. We all got some really cool bracelets from The Discovery Center that will help us remember our time together.

One of the last things we did was help create a Community Art Project. Every student who comes to The Discovery Center this season will create a hand print that will be added to our giant mosaic at the end of the year. It’s hard to see exactly what the finished product will look like, but if you check back to this Blog after Nov. 20th, you’ll be able to see what it looks like! We will also share pictures with each classroom so students can see the final product.

Before lunch we took a quick survey and academic test to help show how much we learned here. After lunch we had one final opportunity for singing and dancing before saying our good-byes.

It was a great week at The Discovery Center—we made memories and learned lessons that will last a life time!

 

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Thursday!

Thursday –

Thursdays are always great here at The Discovery Center! The day started out with breakfast at 8 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. Groups headed out to the various classroom spaces around camp and went through another round of academic lessons.

After lunch we all had a chance to select a free-choice activity and hang out with a different group of students than those on our color team. Some students climbed in the indoor rock wall, some went on a nature hike, some made friendship bracelets, and others played sports like basketball and wiffle-ball. No matter what activity—we all had a great time!

Today’s Diversity activity focused on the ways that we form groups. We learned about how great it can feel to be welcomed and included in a group and how bad it can feel when we are excluded from a group. We also talked about strategies we can use when we see someone being left out and how we can help support one another.

Later, we all gathered around the climbing tower for the STEM Finale! All week, we’ve been working on our ‘To the Rescue: Engineering Challenge.” We got to use the engineering design process to help create Rescue Aid packages. After identifying the problem, brainstorming ideas, selecting a design, building and testing, we had a chance to evaluate and redesign. Finally, we got to see our packages in action as they were dropped from the top of the tower to see how successful we were.

Next we ate dinner and met back up in Pops Lodge for a slideshow of pictures of our time here at The Discovery Center and a closing exercise where we got to reflect about our favorite activities and share some of the lessons that we’ve learned here at camp. There is a lot of excitement about going home tomorrow, but we’re also sad about leaving The Discovery Center.

 

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Wednesday!

Wednesday –

 

-Apologize for the delay but we’ve been gearing up and stocking up on photos from the camp fire and thank you for your patience. More photos will be available to both schools via email.

Every morning begins the same way here at The Discovery Center: wake-up at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. After our morning routine students began their cycle of academic lessons. Each team of students participated in two lesson blocks before lunch.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

Progressive City Planners: Working together in small groups, students get to design and create a simulated city. Students must identifying where they would like to place the grocery stores, shopping centers and major roadways as well as jails, garbage dumps, polluting businesses and so on. Students explore the concepts of social justice and environmental racism: when certain groups of people, based on the color of their skin and the amount of money they have, live in polluted and toxic areas that can be harmful to their health.

 

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After lunch we watched a thought-provoking documentary entitled, Mighty Times: The Children’s March. This film shows the true story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 in protest of racial segregation during the Civil Right Movement. Their heroism led to discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change and participate in civic involvement.

The afternoon was full of team-building and Diversity activities. At The Discovery Center we know that in order to be successful in school and beyond it’s important to have the skills necessary to work effectively with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Our activities are specifically designed to help foster open dialogue, healthy approaches to conflict, and the value of individual and group differences which will lead to more productive and inclusive environments.

We did a little more dancing after dinner and then… CAMP FIRE! The camp fire is a favorite activity for staff and students alike. We gather around the fire, share stories, sing songs, enjoy skits, roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It was a great way to end the night before our night time procedure and lights out!

 

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Tuesday!

Tuesday –

The weather here at The Discovery Center could not be better! The morning air was a bit cool, but by the afternoon the sun had us all nice and warm. After breakfast (Waffles, sausage, cereal, yogurt and fruit) we began getting our minds warmed up with an inspiring story and thought for the day in our Morning Congress and then we get our bodies warmed up with some Morning Aerobics. Next, students rotated through 2 rounds of academic lessons before lunch.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

One Hen – In this math lesson, students use the story of a young boy named Kojo, who lives in Ghana, as an introduction to the reality of global poverty. They are presented with some compelling information about how micro-loans and micro-enterprise can empower people to help bring themselves out of poverty (more information can be found here: (www.onehen.org). Students must create and solve 2-step math problems from the word problems present in the text of the story.
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Another delicious lunch (soup, salad, chicken nuggets, tater tots, and potato chips) and students returned to their cabins for a little rest and relaxation—it’s amazing how tired we can get after just one day!

After lunch, some groups climbed the Tower while others explored the Low Ropes/ Challenge activities. Students learned how important it is to use encouraging words and support one another when overcoming difficult situations. All students also participated in a Diversity activity designed to help us recognize and appreciate our differences and similarities.

We all came together in the Dining Hall for dinner (salad, pasta, meat sauce, and corn muffins) and did a little dancing afterwards. Our evening activity was an Owl Prowl where students learned about the different types of owls that live out here in Woodstock, CT and went on a short hike to look for owls, nests, and owl pellets. Next, we had a chance to dissect some owl pellets and determine what kind of prey the owls had eaten based on the contents of each pellet.

After showers and some quiet cabin activities it was time for lights out. We are really looking forward to tomorrow!
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Monday!

Monday –

The first day of camp at The Discovery Center is always exciting! We were happy to welcome the students from the Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker today. We started off the day with an Opening Ceremony designed to get students familiar with The Discovery Center and the rules and expectations here. We all enjoyed lunch (salad, grilled cheese, “pizza” soup, and fruit) before splitting off into our teams for some team-building activities.

The afternoon was filled with fun and learning as students experienced their first round of academic lessons. Each group will rotate through a series of interactive and engaging academic lessons in the time they are here at The Discovery Center.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

Medusa and Perseus: In this language arts lesson, students explore the Greek myth of Medusa and Persues using the dramatic arts. In small groups they are able to discuss, plan, create, and perform short role-play skits. Through this exercise they are able to explore the concepts of not judging a book by its cover as well as getting to know the full story, before making judgments about an individual.

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After the first academic lesson, students had an opportunity to learn about the concept of ‘culture’ and shared some things about themselves and some of the cultures to which they belong.

After eating dinner (salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and rolls) we got settled into our cabins and created a Cabin Constitution. We had just enough energy for a quick outdoor activity (involving glow sticks!) before it was time to get ready for bed. Everyone has a 5 minute shower here at The Discovery Center and just like that, our first day of camp was done!

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We’re all so excited to be at The Discovery Center!

Friday!

Friday –

This morning, we had time to pack up our stuff before walking down to breakfast. We began the day with our last Morning Aerobics and Morning Congress before breaking off into our groups for one final Team Time. We all got some really cool bracelets from The Discovery Center that will help us remember our time together.
One of the last things we did was help create a Community Art Project. Every student who comes to The Discovery Center this season will create a hand print that will be added to our giant mosaic at the end of the year. It’s hard to see exactly what the finished product will look like, but if you check back to this Blog after Nov. 20th, you’ll be able to see what it looks like! We will also share pictures with each classroom so students can see the final product.
Before lunch we took a quick survey and academic test to help show how much we learned here. After lunch we had one final opportunity for singing and dancing before saying our good-byes.
It was a great week at The Discovery Center—we made memories and learned lessons that will last a life time!

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Thursday!

Thursday –
Thursdays are always great here at The Discovery Center! The day started out with breakfast at 8 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. Groups headed out to the various classroom spaces around camp and went through another round of academic lessons.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:
Medusa and Perseus: In this language arts lesson, students explore the Greek myth of Medusa and Persius using the dramatic arts. In small groups they are able to discuss, plan, create, and perform short role-play skits. Through this exercise they are able to explore the concepts of not judging a book by its cover as well as getting to know the full story, before making judgments about an individual.
After lunch we all had a chance to select a free-choice activity and hang out with a different group of students than those on our color team. Some students climbed in the indoor rock wall, some went on a nature hike, some made friendship bracelets, and others played sports like basketball and wiffle-ball. No matter what activity—we all had a great time!
Today’s Diversity activity focused on the ways that we form groups. We learned about how great it can feel to be welcomed and included in a group and how bad it can feel when we are excluded from a group. We also talked about strategies we can use when we see someone being left out and how we can help support one another.
Later, we all gathered around the climbing tower for the STEM Finale! All week, we’ve been working on our ‘To the Rescue: Engineering Challenge.” We got to use the engineering design process to help create Rescue Aid packages. After identifying the problem, brainstorming ideas, selecting a design, building and testing, we had a chance to evaluate and redesign. Finally, we got to see our packages in action as they were dropped from the top of the tower to see how successful we were.

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Next we ate dinner and met back up in Pops Lodge for a slideshow of pictures of our time here at The Discovery Center and a closing exercise where we got to reflect about our favorite activities and share some of the lessons that we’ve learned here at camp. There is a lot of excitement about going home tomorrow, but we’re also sad about leaving The Discovery Center.

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Wednesday!

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Wednesday –
Every morning begins the same way here at The Discovery Center: wake-up at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00 followed by Morning Congress and Morning Aerobics. After our morning routine students began their cycle of academic lessons. Each team of students participated in two lesson blocks before lunch.

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The afternoon was full of team-building and Diversity activities. At The Discovery Center we know that in order to be successful in school and beyond it’s important to have the skills necessary to work effectively with people from a variety of different backgrounds. Our activities are specifically designed to help foster open dialogue, healthy approaches to conflict, and the value of individual and group differences which will lead to more productive and inclusive environments.
We did a little more dancing after dinner and then… CAMP FIRE! The camp fire is a favorite activity for staff and students alike. We gather around the fire, share stories, sing songs, enjoy skits, roast marshmallows and make s’mores. It was a great way to end the night before our night time procedure and lights out!

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Tuesday!

Tuesday –

The weather here at The Discovery Center could not be better! The morning air was a bit cool, but by the afternoon the sun had us all nice and warm. After breakfast (French toast, sausage, cereal, yogurt and fruit) we began getting our minds warmed up with an inspiring story and thought for the day in our Morning Congress and then we get our bodies warmed up with some Morning Aerobics. Next, students rotated through 2 rounds of academic lessons before lunch.

Today’s academic lesson spotlight:

Progressive City Planners: Working together in small groups, students get to design and create a simulated city. Students must identifying where they would like to place the grocery stores, shopping centers and major roadways as well as jails, garbage dumps, polluting businesses and so on. Students explore the concepts of social justice and environmental racism: when certain groups of people, based on the color of their skin and the amount of money they have, live in polluted and toxic areas that can be harmful to their health.

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Another delicious lunch (vegetarian soup, salad, cheeseburgers, chips, and fruit) and students returned to their cabins for a little rest and relaxation—it’s amazing how tired we can get after just one day!

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After lunch, some groups climbed the Tower while others explored the Low Ropes/ Challenge activities. Students learned how important it is to use encouraging words and support one another when overcoming difficult situations. All students also participated in a Diversity activity designed to help us recognize and appreciate our differences and similarities.

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We all came together in the Dining Hall for dinner (salad, spaghetti, meatball, and dinner rolls) and did a little dancing afterwards. Our evening activity was an Owl Prowl where students learned about the different types of owls that live out here in Woodstock, CT and went on a short hike to look for owls, nests, and owl pellets. Next, we had a chance to dissect some owl pellets and determine what kind of prey the owls had eaten based on the contents of each pellet.

After showers and some quiet cabin activities it was time for lights out. We are really looking forward to tomorrow!

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Monday!

Monday –

The first day of camp at The Discovery Center is always exciting! We were happy to welcome the students from the Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker today. We started off the day with an Opening Ceremony designed to get students familiar with The Discovery Center and the rules and expectations here. We all enjoyed lunch (salad, grilled cheese, “pizza” soup, and fruit) before splitting off into our teams for some team-building activities.

The afternoon was filled with fun and learning as students experienced their first round of academic lessons. Each group will rotate through a series of interactive and engaging academic lessons in the time they are here at The Discovery Center.

After the first academic lesson, students had an opportunity to learn about the concept of ‘culture’ and shared some things about themselves and some of the cultures to which they belong.

After eating dinner (salad, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and rolls) we got settled into our cabins and created a Cabin Constitution. Then it was time to get ready for bed. Everyone has a 5 minute shower here at The Discovery Center and just like that, our first day of camp was done!

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