By Linda Scales
Attention Ottawa teenagers (and their parents): Would a University of Ottawa summer camp featuring workshops entitled “Codebreakers: How Language Works” and “Geography Scavenger Hunt” appeal to you? If so, check out the new interactive Arts and Engineering Camp being offered for one week in July. The camp, designed for students in Grades 8 to 11, promises to stimulate the artistic and scientific sides of the brain, with plenty of fun to spare.
The bilingual, multi-disciplinary camp will combine expertise from the faculties of arts and engineering. Each day, an expert workshop leader will introduce a new topic before launching a series of related hands-on activities. Participants will quickly learn that even “artsy” topics have an engineering angle.
In one of these workshops, called “Pulling Heartstrings: Music in the Movies”, teens will learn how composers and musicians use music to shape the emotional character of scenes in movies and television programs. Groups will focus on some of today’s box office hits to learn how music in movies and television helps enthrall audiences.
On another day, “Broadcast Journalism 101” will see camp participants create fictional news stories and use cameras, microphones and basic editing tools to present their news segments “on air”. All broadcasting tools will be supplied.
“It’s a golden opportunity for kids to experience more than one topic,” said Isabelle Corriveau, the program coordinator from the Faculty of Arts. Both Arts and Engineering faculties will be contributing to the camp’s programming; however, the Faculty of Engineering, which has more experience in planning and running uOttawa summer camps, will be in charge of daily logistics and supervision.
As a bonus, participants in this camp who have completed Grade 9 and wish to spend a second week at a uOttawa camp can earn up to 40 volunteer hours by helping out younger campers with science and engineering projects. These volunteer positions fill up quickly, so register early.
Register your child for a Gee-Gees Sports Camp
Do you have kids who need something to do this summer? It’s not too late to register them for a Gee-Gees Sports Camp. Through a wide variety of bilingual general and specialized sports camps, the University opens up its doors to the local community, allowing children and youth to participate in various sports, recreational and cultural activities.