On Wednesday, students in Camp Invention journeyed to the Cave of Crystals in Mexico using a three-dimensional mapping application.
The trip was followed by experiments with acids and bases to learn how caves and crystals form and an obstacle course in the dark hallways of Oak View Elementary to re-create the patterns of caves and crystals.
Northwest Allen County Schools has hosted the week-long camp for many years, but this is the camp’s second year at Oak View under the direction of Laren Molinari, a fourth-grade teacher at the school.
This year drew 56 campers, an increase of nine from last year, she said. Incoming first- through sixth-grade students are eligible to participate at a cost of more than $200. The camp draws students from across the area, not just from the district.
Kids learn skills about teamwork, inventing and science, Molinari said.
The activities are focused around state standards in science and reinforce the scientific method. Each day has a different theme and teaches kids different lessons, she said.
While it’s a fun camp, it’s also educational, Molinari said.
She said she added her own spin when she became director, making the final day of camp into a water fight between counselors and campers.
School Choice Indiana will host a parent information session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday about the state’s school vouchers and tax credit scholarships program, tax deductions and public charter schools. The session will be at St. John the Baptist School, 4500 Fairfield Ave.
The Summer Frenzy Visit at Trine University is scheduled for July 26 and will include sessions, information and a campus tour. To register for the event or for more information, visit www.trine.edu/visitday.
A new degree completion program called general studies advantage will allow IPFW students to attend class one night per week to earn a bachelor of general studies degree in 18 to 24 months. An open house will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. July 16 at the IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 E. California Road. For more information, call 481-5449, 481-6828 or visit www.ipfw.edu/advantage.
Icy Tech will host an Adjunct Faculty Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Student Life Center gym, 3701 Dean Drive. For more information, go online to www.jobs.ivytech.edu.
Several local students received a 2013 iAB Financial Bank Scholarship: Alexander Martin, of Fort Wayne, who is studying biology at Indiana University; Heather Huffman, of Poneto, who is studying nursing at the University of Saint Francis; Kelsey Ahrens, of Ossian, who is studying nursing at the University of Saint Francis; Jessica Grandlienard, of Bluffton, who is studying dietetics at Purdue University; Allison Hamm, of Grabill, who is studying psychology at IPFW; Molly McKee, of New Haven, who is studying education at IPFW; Angela Witmer, who is studying business administration at Indiana Tech; Je nnifer Witmer, who is studying business administration at Ivy Tech.
Project READS received two grants to support the agency’s early literacy program. The Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation and the Howard P. Arnold Foundation each awarded Allen County Education Partnership grants. The combined grants total $8,500.