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Stafford students embrace ‘summer school’

WHIZ KIDS — Give the students some cardboard and wires and here’s what you get. Stafford USD 349 students, from left, Bryant Burns, Makayla Sedore, Toby Woolf, Emma Strobel, Marshall Woolf, Emily Green, Lydia Johnson and Mariah Burgey, participate in a STEAMmaker camp at ESSDACK in Hutchinson.

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HUTCHINSON — Just like most things these days, summer school has changed.
What used to be an exercise in credit recovery has transformed into accelerated learning for intuitive students with an interest in math and science.
Stafford USD 349 students were actively engaged in learning outside the classroom during a recent STEAMmaker camp at ESSDACK.   STEAMmaker stands for Science, Tinkering, Engineering, Aesthetics and Mathematics.
“Maker education is a movement to have kids building things. We want campers who are risk-takers, hands-on tinkerers, who have experimenting and building in their blood,” said Ginger Lewman, ESSDACK specialist. “We want campers who are willing ...


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