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Ossining Students Learn Innovation, Creativity At Summer Camp

Students use alligator clips to circumvent keyboards and play video games.
Students use alligator clips to circumvent keyboards and play video games. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students play music on a virtual keyboard.
Students play music on a virtual keyboard. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students build structures out of Popsicle sticks.
Students build structures out of Popsicle sticks. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students operate a weathervane with electricity.
Students operate a weathervane with electricity. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- This year 45 students participated in Ossining’s Summer Programming & Innovation Academy, whose goals include developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while encouraging creativity and innovation.

This was the third year of the two-week program, which was funded by the Ossining MATTERS educational foundation.

Isabella Cedo, who played "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" on a virtual keyboard, said the summer academy was “very interesting” and she learned a lot. “You could use your imagination and build anything,” she said.

Activities included building structures out of Popsicle sticks, using electronic modules to provide lighting, creating animation, printing 3-D designs and creating robots. Participants ranged from third to eighth grade.

Marie Felipe, 10, and Anna Mkandawire, 11, were part of a team that built a barn and a doghouse out of Popsicle sticks. They shaped a dog out of Play-Doh and added a number of embellishments, including paper flowers glued to Popsicle sticks and anchored by Play-Doh. They used littleBits to rotate a weathervane atop the barn.

“I like how we get to use electronics to make houses and stuff, and we can make things out of Popsicle sticks, which is a strange combination, but you can make a lot of things out of unlikely things,” Marie said.

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