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SCICON prepares for student Summer Academies

SCICON Summer Academies The Clemmie Gill School of Science and Conservation (SCICON) is offering a summer program for students entering grades 6-8. The program is a combination summer camp and academic experience. Planned as two week-long sessions, students will participate in outdoor recreational activities each morning and then work on fun, hands-on academic projects in the afternoon.

Each morning, students can choose from outdoor activities such as camping, archery and survival skills, outdoor adventure sports (archery, mountain biking, rock climbing), nature studies, and arts and crafts. In the afternoon, under the supervision of credentialed teachers, students will work in an academic pathway, including technology (website design, multimedia presentations, video game programming, computer graphics), engineering (robotics), or museum wildlife studies.

SCICON Summer Academy "This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience in-depth academic studies in art, literature, science or technology, combined with all the wonderful outdoor activities SCICON has to offer," says SCICON Director Rick Mitchell. "It's a great combination of physical activity and academic enrichment." The Summer Academy includes lodging in SCICON's student cabins, all meals, plus evening activities such as campfire, astronomy, skit night and a talent show.

The 6-day Summer Academy will be offered twice:

June 16-21 and June 23-28.

Registration is limited to 75 students per session and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the academy, including registration fees, visit www.tcoe.org/SCICON/SummerAcademy, e-mail summeracademy@tcoe.org or call the SCICON office at (559) 539-2642.

SCICON is the outdoor school of science and conservation operated by Tulare County Office of Education. Each year, over 15,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students visit this 1,100-acre campus located in the foothills above Springville.