South Orangetown Central School District has been hosting its annual Summer STEAM Camp since 2016. For 2020, the District pivoted to an entirely virtual program to serve 220 K-8 campers, with 22 faculty members running sessions. “STEAM Camp provides our student-campers with opportunities to dive deeper into science, tech, engineering, art and math topics which extend from the school curriculum and require small group work,” explains Instructional K-5 Science Coach Samantha Levine, who manages STEAM Camp with School Social Worker Jessenia Cursio.
Despite the school closure, the STEAM Camp team was determined to keep this fun and educational enrichment program running for William O. Schaefer Elementary School, Cottage Lane Elementary School and South Orangetown Middle School students. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer STEAM Camp in a distance learning format for our students,” Cursio adds.
Over the course of two weeks (June 30-July 10), campers are participating in three, 50-minute online sessions daily. Materials were home-delivered to campers in late June and at the start of each day’s session, campers log in for live instruction.