Monday, April 7, 2014

Family Celebration at Spring Break Camp 2014

The final day of Spring Break Camp 2014 was a great success, with the afternoon our Family Celebration. There was dancing from each grade level and a performance from the DASH Center, a movie of the campers learning Star Wars (led by Write@253), awards for each camper, and lots of food. The Press Pool distributed their newspaper to all the families, campers, volunteers, and staff - they did a great job!

Dancing during recess

Watching the Star Wars/Shakespeare movie

Dance routine from the third graders

Parents watching the performance

The Spring Break Times was published on Friday, April 4th, and distributed at the Family Celebration. Our campers researched newspapers; chose topics; researched camp; interviewed campers, volunteers, and staff; wrote and edited all of their own content; and took pictures of camp. The computers and cameras used are a part of KBTC's Mobile Technology Lab. Read all about it!

Alyssa Urish (left), from Peace Community Center, helped lead camp.
Barb (right) is a wonderful volunteer with the K/1 group.

Jim Brandt (left), from Umpqua Bank has led the Press Pool for three years.
Brendan Nelson (right), AmeriCorps member with Peace Community Center, joined the Press Pool for the first time.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 4 at Spring Break Camp 2014

The Press Pool is finishing up articles and putting together The Spring Break Times... Kites have been designed, decorated, and tested... Today was the dress rehearsal for Shakespeare's Star Wars...

Another great day at Spring Break Camp, our campers are ready for their performances at tomorrow's Family Celebration.

Decorating a kite

Figuring out the kites...


Costumes for Star Wars

Day 3 at Spring Break Camp

A few pictures from camp on Wednesday!

Volunteers sharing lunch

Press Pool taking a break for an engineering challenge. Can you drop an egg without having it break? Results vary.

Copper Cleanup in Fetch!

Experimenting with different liquids to clean pennies

Perfecting the dance routine

Learning their parts in William Shakespeare's Star Wars.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 2 at Spring Break Camp 2014

Another successful day at camp, we were lucky enough to be visited by two local reporters from The News Tribune. They visited our own Press Pool (fourth and fifth graders) to give some pointers about interviewing, taking interesting pictures, and asking follow-up questions.

Press Pool learns from the experts.

Taking a break for recess on a sunny day.
The Electric Company

Dance class

Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Spring Break Camp!

Today was our first day of Spring Break Camp 2014, and we had a blast! Our press pool is busy interviewing students, teachers, and mentors, and our younger kids are enjoying Fetch!, the Electric Company, Star Wars, and playing games. Here are some pictures from today:

Write@253 is putting on a production of Shakespearean Star Wars with the K-3rd graders. Today was an introduction to Star Wars, Shakespeare, rhyming, and themes.

Working hard on observations of dance class, led by the DASH Center.

Success! Winning the the race with a wind-driven car made only of paper, straws, tape, paperclips, and life savers.

Cutting paper for "Under Pressure," an experiment from Fetch!

Learning some new words from the Electric Company

Thursday, March 20, 2014

KBTC Receives Comcast Award

KBTC received a $30,000 award from Comcast's Internet Essentials Program last week, part of a larger grant to the Foundation for Tacoma Students in recognition of Tacoma's successful implementation of Internet Essentials. The award will be used to run three two-week Ready to Learn camps on Tacoma's East side, and fund a suite of iPads to use both at the camps and throughout Tacoma as part of KBTC's Mobile Media Lab.

Check out this article from Tacoma Weekly!

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Victoria Woodards play PBS KIDS games with students from McCarver Elementary School.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mobile Tech Lab Kicks Off

This Summer, KBTC has partnered with Metro Parks to bring PBS educational games outside. The Ready to Learn Mobile Tech Lab is in Wright Park Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, June 17 - August 16. Students learn math and literacy skills as they play computer games staring their favorite PBS characters. They get sticker journals to track their adventures, record what they learn, and win prizes. Join us!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Break Camp Ends with Bang

Last week was an exciting time at McCarver Elementary School. Over 50 students participated each day at Spring Break Camp. They learned how to make rockets out of a water bottles, made treasure maps, turned foam tubes into rocking roller coasters, and learned fun new dance moves. Thanks to all the students and families who participated. We had so much fun learning with you!

Check out these photos and read the 2013 Spring Break Camp Newspaper - written by our 4th and 5th grade journalists. Fun note - The Whirlipede and Skiffer made the paper! See page 6.