By David Fowler
Arts & Science Council (ASC) Digital & Media Literacy Camp Director Crystal Lail has always worked in education.
A veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, Lail knows firsthand the importance of creativity in education. As camp director, Lail sees creativity as an opportunity to make learning enjoyable and engaging for every student.
Often times, education and creativity are wrongly separated. Sometimes creativity gets swept under the rug of education, overpowered by state-set curriculums and standardized testing. Lail believes that the ASC Digital & Media Literacy Camp bridges that gap. The freedom to be creative and think abstractly gives students a sense of ownership and pride in what they are doing, or learning.
“We really get to work outside the box,” Lail said. “We are not limited by a set curriculum, which allows us to engage students differently based on what they want to do.”
The camp is broken up into three two-week sessions, each with a different focus. Registration is open to all students in rising 1st-12th grade. Campers can sign up for individual sessions, or for all three.
Students will learn use digital cameras and other devices to create digital stories, music, and art. Through field experience, specialized instruction, as well as field trips and service projects in the community each session is designed to provide opportunity to be creative.
“All of our teachers are certified specialists in their field,” Lail said “We also have specialist come in to support us.”
This specialized instruction and exposure to experts in the field provides the best possible experience for students.
“We offer something no one else in Charlotte offers with the amount of opportunities the kids have to not only learn, but be creative and express themselves,” said Lail. “It is also a great chance for them to get exposed to diversity, as students from all over the community will learn and work together.”
Give your child a creatively empowering and educationally engaging experience this summer. Click here to register or learn more. If you have any questions, email camp director Crystal Lail at firstname.lastname@example.org.