From Ottawa Summer Camp Dad and Blogger…Chris Farley Ratcliffe
“Today I am excited to announce a new patron here at the DadGoesRound writing factory. For the next couple of months I will be partnering with STEM Camp to bring you weekly posts on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. I think all kids are natural scientists and we as a society do a poor job encouraging and supporting their interests. At my house we often have math quizzes at dinner time and they aren’t started by us adults. Frankly sometimes the questions are a little tough to answer…
I personally don’t have a strong background in STEM and I have struggled to come up with activities and ways to stimulate my daughters’ interests and encourage them to dive deeper, which is why I am so enthusiastic about this partnership.
STEM Camp operates across Ontario, Canada and is expanding into my hometown of Ottawa this summer. The camps will be operating at two locations – Carleton University and Algonquin College. Each week is a different theme featuring STEM activities throughout the week. Some of those activities will be featured here each Wednesday – as my daughters demonstrate how much smarter they are than me!
My daughters are excited to be taking part in the CSI and Scooby Doo Mystery Week. They are regularly joining forces with friends to investigate mysteries and they are big fans of Scooby Doo so this camp will give them a leg up in their investigative skills. Other theme weeks at STEM Camp include Minecraft, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Ocean Adventures. Each theme week runs once in July and then again in August. If you are looking for fun, day camp opportunities where your kids can learn how to identify candy thieves and you live in one of the many southern Ontario communities where STEM Camp is operating this year I encourage you to check them out. You can find all of the details at www.STEMCamp.ca.”