WCTE Shares Health & Fitness, plus STEAM Education with Putnam County LEAPS Campers

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Over one hundred children from all over Putnam County attended the Putnam County School System Extended learning LEAPS 21st Century camp during fall break (Oct 3-7).

[For more information about the PCSS LEAPS program, click here.]

This year’s camp theme was health and fitness, with a special focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Another main focus was Fizzy's Lunch Lab, a great PBS Kids show and website.

Each day during camp, the students made their own healthy snacks, wrote in their journals, and discussed the importance of eating healthy. They were able to practice different measuring skills, as well as learn the importance of following directions in any given recipe, and develop important teamwork skills in the kitchen.

Camp director Brenda Hughett worked with teachers to create a program that would meet the needs of students from 1st through 6th grade. The goal was to help them develop better eating habits, while trying new foods, and learning some new ways to burn calories.

In the afternoons, the students had the opportunity to do some hands-on PBS Kids ScratchJr coding, as well as make bowls with the TTU Appalachian Craft Center students for Cooking on the Square. They played soccer, tennis, and participated in Crossfit.

What’s more, students participated in GIVE, which stands for “Get Involved, Value Everyone” and incorporates a class focused on learning to be a good citizen. Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris even dropped by and read to the kids.

WCTE did an Odd Squad camp with kindergarten students focusing on problem solving and creative thinking skills. Parents, be sure to check out all the kid friendly programming on Fizzy's Lunch Lab and start cooking with your kids. To help your kids get involved in the cooking process for family meals, explore Fizzy’s Lunch Lab at home to find all sorts of great resources.

Each month, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab provides fun and kid-friendly activity packs to go along with the chosen Lunch Lab topic. The goal is to entertain and educate families about the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Visit http://www.pbs.org/parents/lunchlab/activities/ to learn more!

Family time is important for early development of skills for learning. Physical activities can also create a great way for families to connect and learn together. Visit PBS Parents to find some fun ideas for healthy sports and fitness activities your family can enjoy. And don’t forget to download the free PBS Kids ScratchJr app so your kids can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 


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