“Awesome!” That is what a six-year-old boy said about the library’s new summer tech camps. The late Sophie Lucyk helped make these camps possible with her estate gift to the library.
Kids ages 6 – 12 got hands-on experience with robotics, coding, 3D design, and circuitry. Over 450 children attended the 26 camps. Most of the camps were at branches in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas where kids often have fewer options. Library staff visited schools and community centres to get sign-ups. The library even gave TTC tokens so that transit costs wouldn’t be an issue.
The new summer camps aim to build interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Jobs in these fields will continue to grow and educators agree that it’s important to engage children at an early age. Based on the smiles from camp goers, the program was a success!
“I loved the camp, all the fun new things I learned! I didn’t know half those things existed,” enthused one of the participants.
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