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Summer Camp Explores the City’s Hidden Gems

September 3, 2019

Photo: Leise Jones
Students show parents their multicolored 3-D models.

Photo: Leise Jones Photography

Over the course of “Our City is Alive,” 826 Boston’s STEM-inspired summer camp, students ages nine to eleven went on six experiential field trips, using the city as their classroom as they discovered what makes a city a good home for people, plants, and animals.

The campers visited the Boston Planning and Development Agency, MIT Media Lab, Franklin Park, and more to learn about how city planners make urban areas more livable and handle issues like natural disaster preparedness, public greenspace, and the integration of future technology. After each field trip, students used the notes they had taken to write creative pieces about life in the city: narratives, poems, riddles, persuasive letters, and how-to guides.

At the end of the week, campers showcased what they had learned at the 826 Boston World’s Fair, an interactive exhibit of students’ visions for the future of Boston. Each student also chose one piece of writing to workshop throughout camp, which were consolidated into a published book for students to take home.

Thanks to our partners:
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Berkeley Community Garden
Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston City Hall
Boston Society of Architects
City Science Research Group, MIT Media Lab
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University
Outdoors Rx®, a program of the Appalachian Mountain Club

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