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STEAM Program Expands at Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp

STEAM Program Expands at Thomas School of Horsemanship Summer Day Camp

This summer, Thomas School of Horsemanship will offer even more STEAM opportunities for its campers.

This summer, Thomas School of Horsemanship’s Summer Day Camp expands its STEAM program to get campers disconnected from technology and to think about creative ways to get things accomplished. The 2019 camp season begins in July and STEAM will be available two to three days a week for junior and senior campers as well as counselors in training.

Taught by an AP high school chemistry teacher, the hands-on experiments will now be completed over the multiple days, enhancing each camper’s team and social skills with lessons incorporating nature, equine, art, science, and math.

“It is going to develop their ability to ask questions and find out the reasons why by doing the experiments themselves to see the outcomes. The outcomes could be positive or they could be negative, but they have learned what to expect from that outcome,” says Janine Ortiz, director of Thomas School of Horsemanship.

The Day Camp is a full day, lasting from 9:30am-4:30pm. Along with a 45-minute riding lesson, hands on horse and stable management lessons, and horse science lessons, each day the camp also offers two swim lessons, sports such as soccer and volleyball, and other athletic activities such as gymnastics and trapeze.

Founded in 1943, Thomas School of Horsemanship carries the legacy of the multiple generations of families who have all attended. In fact, 80-percent of the staff is made up of returning campers. They seek to develop patience, empathy, and kindness in each camper, just as they learned.

Main image: A 45-minute riding lesson, horse and stable management, and horse science are just some of the ways campers will be around horses this summer.

Image courtesy Thomas School of Horsemanship

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