During week one of the Upward Bound Summer Program students participated in online academic classes while living in the Simpson University Dorms in Redding California. There were many different classes to choose from. For example, there were courses on health, math, English, history, art, creative writing, and more. Students could choose their class based on their interests or their academic needs. Students were also introduced to writing college application essays to improve their ability for future reference.
Additionally, to the educational requirements of this trip, there were many fun, grant-funded activities offered to students. Students participated in competitions and games that focused on building teamwork and leadership skills. Some of the activities were workshops put on by BrainStem, including building soda rockets and an egg drop competition. BrainStem also taught students the process of filtering water to make it drinkable. These workshops tested the student's knowledge in subjects like math and science, as well as forcing them to come together as a team.
Students escaped the heat at WaterWorks Park. They splashed down the Raging River, spiraled down the Cyclone, and the brave ones took on the scariest ride-the Avalanche. During this expedition, students were given a lesson on the hydraulics of water, they learned about how waterslides work.
Students also explored the ways of the river, taking on a whitewater river rafting experience. This opportunity also built teamwork skills as well as providing the students with a hands-on experience of the geological aspects of the river.
On another occasion, students went to the Schreder Planetarium where they learned about black holes. The experience was very enlightening.
Every day students had time to work on their online courses. Students were offered help from teachers on campus and were provided with the best advice possible to fulfill their potential. Each week of the summer program brings new opportunities for students to expand their education as well as participate in fun activities and build new friendships. It is a program designed to educate students and provide them once in a lifetime opportunities they may not have had the means to experience.
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