UNION — This week’s Activity Fun Camp at USC Union draws to a close this afternoon, but the fun continued Thursday and will continue today as the children taking part in the camp enjoyed a variety of fun activities that engaged them mentally, physically, and creatively.
Throughout the week, the children have been preparing for the event that will conclude the camp, this afternoon’s production of “The Cat in the Hat” at 2 p.m. in the USC Union auditorium. They began the process Monday by reading the script and rehearsing lines and by Wednesday they had been cast in the parts they will play this afternoon.
In addition to learning their parts, the children also divided into teams Wednesday morning to draw posters publicizing the play. During crafts time that afternoon, they made the props they will use for the play, and then, following their mid-afternoon snack, continued with rehearsals. They are scheduled to have a final rehearsal in costume today after lunch.
The goal of the camp is to instill in children attending a love of learning by making learning fun. This is especially true in the area of science and this week’s summer camp included presentations on various aspects of science and the natural world.
On Wednesday, the students attended a presentation on agriculture by Union County High School horticulturalist Cleveland Jackson who brought samples of different kinds of produce. This was followed by a presentation on “The DNA of Strawberries” by Tara Fatemi, professor of Biology at USC Union. That afternoon, Dr. Helen Maire-Afeli, professor of Chemistry at USC Union, did a presentation on chemistry.
On the physical side, the children played hide and seek in the USC Union Main Building Wednesday morning and dodge ball on Thursday morning. Earlier Thursday morning, they took part in a rocket launching exercise.
Today, the camp comes to an end with the play, but not before the children get to compete in a game of Final Jeopardy one more time. (They also played it Thursday afternoon). They also get to watch “Bee Movie” and have popcorn while doing so. They will then compete in a team challenge obstacle course followed by kick ball and Duck-Duck-Goose and then, after lunch, it’s show time.