Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 6, 2017

Homeschool information meeting

The Rowan County Homeschool Association will hold an informational meeting for families interested in home schooling their students. The meeting will be held July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Creative Teaching Aids, 310 S. Main St. Contact for more details

Catawba to offer summer math immersion workshop for middle and high school math teachers

Attention middle and high school math teachers, Catawba College will offer a free, national professional development summer immersion workshop from August 1-3, 2017 on the campus of Catawba College. This workshop is part of the newly formed Central N.C. Math Teachers’ Circle.

All interested math teachers are encouraged to visit the website to register for the session. For more information contact Dr. Sharon Sullivan, professor and chair of mathematics and computer science at Catawba at

In 2016, Catawba was awarded a grant to start the Central N.C. Math Teachers’ Circle by the American Institute of Mathematics. The Central N.C. Math Teachers’ Circle is modelled after the Smokey Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle in western North Carolina.

“The purpose of the Math Teachers’ Circle is to get math teachers reinvigorated and to provide collaboration among local schools and Catawba faculty,” Dr. Sullivan said.

In addition to Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Karen Lucas, an assistant professor of teacher education at Catawba, and Rowan-Salisbury middle school teachers, Renee Fox and Elizabeth Henley, will serve as the leadership team for the August workshop.

Summer camps available

Davidson County Community College is offering the following summer camps to rising first through 12th graders. Camps will be held at either the school’s Davidson or Davie campus. For specific locations or to attend a camp visit

  • Coding and raspberry pi camp, July 10 – 13, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rising fourth – sixth graders. Students will develop problem solving, critical thinking and troubleshooting skills by practicing real time hands-on projects. Along with learning the basics of computer programming and how computers work. Students will receive a Raspberry PI (small portable computer) to take home after the camp has ended.
  • DC outdoors, July 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rising ninth – 12th graders. Thomasville Tourism and Parks and Rec will lead students through a day of exploring all things Davidson County outdoors. Activities include kayaking, hiking, team building and more. Transportation will be provided to offsite destinations. Lunch and snacks provided. Space is limited.
  • Digital photography camp, July 10 – 14, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Rising sixth – 12th graders. Digital photography is where we connect our cameras to our imagination. This camp explores creative composition, perspective photography and Photoshop techniques. Students will need to bring a camera. This camp is currently full. Call 3360-249-8186 ext. 6474 to be added to the wait list.
  • Fashion day, August 1, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Rising ninth – 12th graders. UNC Greensboro and local leather accessory business women, Blythe Leonard, will lead participants through college level fashion design and product development activities. Gain exposure to the exciting world of fashion. Explore innovation techniques, as well as considering the business side of this industry. Lunch and snacks provided. Space is limited.
  • Future emergency response heroes camp, July 17 – 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rising sixth — eighth graders. Students will hear from law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel and learn CPR, basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, basic water and boating safety and the use of personal flotation devices in water activities.
  • Machining and engineering camp, July 10 – 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rising fifth – eighth graders. Students will learn how things are produced — from cars to the knobs on radios. We will learn about the different design and prototyping processes that products go through from original idea or concept to a finished product. We will also cover the machining processes that are used to make these products, including manual machining, CNC machining and 3D printing. Participants will have hands-on activities to make projects of their own.
  • Money matters, June 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Rising ninth – 12th graders. College and career building organization, HIFE, will sponsor this day of interactive and engaging financial literacy activities. Invest in your future by adding this great day of insight and skill building sessions. Certificate of completion will be awarded. Lunch is provided. Space is limited.
  • Pink Legos/girls STEM camp, August 7-11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rising first — third graders. Understand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through exciting and fun activities.
  • STEM Jr. camp, June 26 – 30, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Davidson Campus, rising first – fourth graders. July 10 – 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Davidson Campus, rising first – fourth graders. July 17 – 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Davie Campus, rising first – fourth graders. This camp enhances understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through exciting and fun activities, including Lego Robotics, Cubelets, engineering and exploring the properties of science.
  • STEM robotics camp, July 24 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Monday — Thursday), 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Friday). Rising fifth – eighth graders. The students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills by learning about robotic programming using the Lego Mindstorm robots. Students will learn innovative engineering design techniques as they build bridges. Campers will be working with Industrial Robots as well.
  • Summer art camp, June 26 – 30, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rising sixth – 12th graders. Learn to draw, paint and create using your imagination inspired by nature.
  • Volleyball camp, July 10 – 14. Session 1: Rising first – fourth graders, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Session 2: Rising fifth – eighth graders, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Session 3: Rising ninth – 12th graders, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Students will work with college coaches and volleyball players to build a foundation of volleyball skills such as jump serving, float serving, slides, quicks, shoots and more while working with DCCC Storm’s nationally ranked team.
  • Young artists discovery camp, June 19 – 23, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rising third – fifth graders. Discover the art of drawing, painting, claymation and crafts as we explore nature for inspiration.
  • Zoo and aquarium science camp, June 19 – 23, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rising fifth and sixth graders. The zoo and aquarium science camp will give rising fifth and sixth graders an introduction to zoo and aquarium science with an appreciation for conservation and animal care.