CSM sum­mer campers ex­plore crime scenes, choco­late­dipped Spam and more

Kids’ and Teens Col­lege runs un­til Au­gust 12

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

With ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from tast­ing choco­late-cov­ered Spam to ex­plor­ing a Smurf crime scene, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege is not the typ­i­cal sum­mer camp pro­gram.

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land

is of­fer­ing more than 100 pro­grams this sum­mer at its three cam­puses, in gen­eral fields such as for­eign lan­guages, his­tory, maps and geo­caching and ath­let­ics, for chil­dren ages 5 to 14.

The pro­grams be­gan June 20 and run through the week of Aug. 8.

“There are more course of­fer­ings this year, more sec­tions,” said Sarah Massie, La Plata cam­pus co­or­di­na­tor. “We re­cy­cle the pro­grams ev­ery few years, so many of the pro­grams of­fered this year haven’t been of­fered in four or five years.”

This year marks the 30th an­niver­sary of the sum­mer camp pro­gram, Massie said.

Massie said that en­roll­ment as of Tues­day was al­ready at 2,800 for all three CSM cam­puses and is on­go­ing.

Just this week, CSM held 13 ac­tiv­i­ties in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon. One of the ac­tiv­i­ties, MythBusters, is based on the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion pro­gram that tests the va­lid­ity of ru­mors, myths, adages and movie scenes, said in­struc­tor Mon­ica Sher­rill.

“Ba­si­cally, you take the con­cept that you see on the TV show and ap­ply it to chil­dren, and make it class­room-friendly,” Sher­rill said.

Par­tic­i­pants took part in an egg drop, tested the five-sec­ond rule for dropped food and made slime, she said.

In Lego Films and An­i­ma­tion, par­tic­i­pants cre­ated their own short stop-mo­tion movies us­ing Lego build­ing blocks, with sto­ries and scenes they cre­ated them­selves.

“Some of them have very elab­o­rate ideas,” in­struc­tor Stacy Bevill said. “We’re go­ing to shoot each move­ment frameby-frame; they’ll add mu­sic, sound ef­fects, di­a­log, and they will have a very short Lego movie.”

The pop­u­lar af­ter­noon pro­gram, For the Love of Choco­late, al­lowed teens to ex­plore choco­late in a va­ri­ety of forms, and on Tues­day fea­tured choco­late fon­dues of com­mon items, such as straw­ber­ries, an­i­mal cook­ies and marsh­mal­lows, as well as some un­usual items, such as crou­tons, pick­les and Spam.

“The tex­ture and ev­ery­thing about it is so good cov­ered in choco­late,” par­tic­i­pant Stephen Bard said af­ter try­ing the canned meat dipped in choco­late. “It’s a choco­late de­light. It’s way bet­ter than reg­u­lar Spam.”

Asked why she en­rolled, Sarah Marie Ca­parrota replied, “Choco­late. Just choco­late.”

Par­tic­i­pant Zoi Whit­sett said the choco­late-dipped sweet pick­les were too sweet for her, but Cam­ryn Beaver de­scribed them as “Sweet, but sour. It was very good. I would def­i­nitely eat more.”

“I love choco­late, and I love mak­ing stuff with choco­late, so I thought this would be a good way to learn more about it,” Cam­ryn said of the pro­gram.

In­struc­tor Si­mone Al­ger said part of the goal was go be­yond just eat­ing choco­late, and to ex­plore what can, and per­haps what shouldn’t, be done with choco­late.

“Other­wise, we’re just go­ing to be sit­ting here get­ting di­a­betes,” Al­ger said. “So we broke it up with ex­plor­ing how choco­late is made, and we’ve been watch­ing YouTube videos about strange things dipped in choco­late.”

Lit­tle De­tec­tives, for 5 to 6 year olds, ex­plored the world of crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fea­tur­ing a crime scene in­volv­ing Smur­fette, the fe­male Smurf from the car­toon.

“We’re look­ing at what de­tec­tives do in the process of solv­ing cases,” in­struc­tor Jen­nifer Don­ald said. “They’re learn­ing about im­por­tant things that help po­lice of­fi­cers and de­tec­tives do their jobs.”

Don­ald is a re­tired Metro tran­sit po­lice of­fi­cer with 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, who also teaches crim­i­nal jus­tice at the Univer­sity of Mar yland.

“I loved be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, so I thought, ‘Why not teach a Lit­tle De­tec­tives class?’” Don­ald said.

One of the par­tic­i­pants, Ry­der Car­rig­nan, said he wants to grow up to be­come a po­lice K9 han­dler.

“I re­ally like po­lice dogs,” Ry­der said, adding that his fa­vorite part of Lit­tle De­tec­tives was the fin­ger­print­ing.

Massie said the pro­grams are in­tended to be ed­u­ca­tional as well as fun.

“It’s very much aligned with Com­mon Core and meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity,” Massie said. “It’s very much the meld of ed­u­ca­tion and fun, which is kind of our trade­mark. You’re go­ing to have fun, but you’re go­ing to learn.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Top, In­struc­tor Si­mone Al­ger, left, waits to find out Cam­ryn Beaver’s opinion af­ter eat­ing a bite of choco­late fon­due-dipped sweet pickle in “For the Love of Choco­late,” part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege pro­gram. Above left, Geneva Williams blows up a bal­loon as part of an air pres­sure ex­per­i­ment in “Sid the Sci­ence Kid,” Right, Stephen Bard gives a thumbs-up af­ter try­ing choco­late-dipped Spam in “For the Love of Choco­late,” part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege sum­mer pro­gram.

In­struc­tor Mon­ica Sher­rill, left, watches as Aniya Jones drops an egg to test the ab­sorp­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the con­tainer she made in “MythBusters”, part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege sum­mer pro­gram.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

In­struc­tor Jen­nifer Don­ald as­sists Ava Graves in tak­ing her finger­prints in “Lit­tle De­tec­tives”, part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege sum­mer pro­gram.

In­struc­tor Randy Tus­ing leads a dis­cus­sion of paint­ing in “Paint­ing Pi­casso”, part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege sum­mer pro­gram.

Sarah-Marie Ca­parrotta and Ari­ana Mar­rero sit be­neath a tree draw­ing a nearby build­ing in “Draw­ing for Teens”, part of the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids’ and Teens Col­lege sum­mer pro­gram.

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