Vets in Training “Interns” – HousePaws VIT Staff

By embracing the human-animal bond through interaction and education, the HousePaws Vets in Training Program provides hands-on, experience-based veterinary education to each student. The “Interns” course for our Youth Scholars has included Pet CPR, Anesthesia 101, Ophthalmology, the Skeletal System, and Cardiology, all at a level which is appropriate for this age group. As part of this curriculum, students have also enjoyed visits from several animal friends, including a ferret and a rabbit!

Minecraft Architecture – Debbie DeRosa

This week students were excited to begin their adventure in Minecraft Creative! They were first tasked to build a tree. To accomplish this assignment students used their creative and problem solving skills to navigate the environment in an effort to find and prepare a suitable location. They utilized tools to harvest resources and build their trees. Students also applied these skills to design an image of themselves.

Next, students used pencils and markers to craft handwritten blueprints of a building. They built physical models of their structure using Lego blocks. Students then transformed their blueprints and models into a virtual building in the Minecraft gaming environment. To end the week, students will enter the Minecraft multiplayer platform and work as a team to plan and create a community complete with buildings, bridges, pools, gardens, and other structures straight from their imagination!

Take a peek: http://www.pinkmousehouse.com/minecraft.html

Take a Dive: Marine Science – Science Explorers Staff

Students have come face-to-face with a wide variety of unique sea creatures this week. They have completed a squid dissection, brought genuine Triassic Triops to life, conducted a whale adaptations lab, and examined the many weird wonders that live under the sea!

Yoga and Mindful Practice – Paige Bloom

Campers are learning how to dive into the practice of getting to know ourselves both physically and mentally. What poses are hard for us, and what poses came easy today? Maybe more importantly, how do we treat ourselves if we don’t have a pose down yet? Or worse – if a friend on a neighboring mat does… and you don’t! Through mindfulness we have learned to use breathing as a tool to refocus, re-center, and remind ourselves of what it is we want…peace! This week we have learned many new poses, lots of fun breath work, how to take care of ourselves (including making some yummy AND healthy snacks!), and how to take care of others. We cannot pour from an empty cup, and our practice each day shows us what it is we need so we can be our best for ourselves, and for those around us each and every day.

Swimming and Field Games – Kyle Hagerthey & Kristen McDowel

Mini and youth scholars are having a great time sinking each other’s battleships, while using teamwork to defend their ships as well. Swimmers learned the freestyle stroke, backstroke, and frog kick.