The Fulford Community Learning Center is reporting a successful summer after delivering five different summer camps to local school-aged kids. 

The centre sits on the campus of the East Georgia State College.

The five themed camps offered, included: art, STEM, makerspace, astronomy, and camp invention.

Art Camp

The first camp held in June was the Emanuel Arts Council Art Camp

During the annual camp students learned how to draw, paint, and make clay pinch pots and door hangers. 

The camp, hosted by the Emanuel Arts Council, was made possible by a grant from the Mill Creek Foundation.

Discovery STEM Camp

The second camp of the summer was the Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (MMGYSTC) Discovery STEM Camp. 

During the four-day camp students were able to explore the engineering design process and the series of steps that engineers follow to find a solution to a problem. 

The steps include problem solving processes such as determining objectives and constraints, brainstorming ideas, creating prototypes, testing the design, and evaluation.

Makerspace Day Camp

The third camp, Makerspace Day Camp, was also hosted by MMGYSTC and Erin Youmans, the MMGYSTC coordinator. 

A makerspace is a place where students can create, problem solve, and develop skills, talents, thinking, and mental rigor. 

The students spent time exploring, designing, and creating while expanding their knowledge base. 

Astronomy Camp 

The Fulford Center partnered with MMGYSTC during the summer to host Astronomy Camp for the second year in a row. 

Participants explored the solar system and universe through a variety of lessons and hands-on activities. 

Camp Invention

The final and largest camp of the summer was Camp Invention.

The week-long summer adventure provided opportunities for open-ended, hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering and more. 

Children collaborated with friends thinking creatively and inventing their own solutions to real-world challenges. 

Participants dove into cutting-edge ocean research as they adopted their own robotic fish, designed aquatic plants, and took their fish friend home in a mini tank. 

They also discovered real space exploration technology when they created Spacepacks and AstroArm devices, mined an asteroid and observed erupting ice volcanoes. 

Campers were able to experiment with the fun of physics, engineering, and gaming as they built their own mega marble arcades.

The Fulford Center would like to thank Jacquie Brasher and the Emanuel Arts Council, Erin Youmans and MMGYSTC, Macy Fagler, Sierra Milligan, Jean Schwabe, and the many other people who helped make the Fulford Summer Camps a huge success.

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