ACE STREAM Camp wraps up with presentation of ‘The Lion King’

After six weeks of learning and interactive activities, the Harlandale ISD Texas ACE 21st Century Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STREAM) Camp came to an exciting end with a fun presentation of “The Lion King” on July 14.

The performance, which took place at Gillette Elementary School, was one of the many activities included in this year’s camp to enhance students’ learning during the summer break.

“Harlandale ISD’s Texas ACE Summer STREAM program is designed to engage and entertain our students through project-based learning opportunities, which allow students to think, design, create and experiment, while building 21st century skills to prepare them for a successful future as leaders,” said Harlandale ISD STEM and GT Coordinator Anthony Khosravi.

Nearly 600 students participated in the camp and were able to create fun crafts, as well as take part in interactive challenges and competitions, which are great opportunities for all students interested in a STREAM career or degree.

“Some of the highlights of the program were robotics competitions, STEM challenges, cardboard challenges and ‘The Lion King’ play. The subjects offered in the camp were robotics, recreation, fine arts and STEM,” said Harlandale ISD GT Specialist Sonia Cuellar.

The students were able to showcase their best artwork to the families this week, which included colorful paintings and drawings.

“The program was available for all students within Harlandale ISD and serves as a positive educational alternative to a three month hiatus of any valuable brain activity,” Khosravi added.

The district’s first STREAM summer program began in 2015 at Morrill Elementary School with a little more than 250 elementary students. The following year, the camp grew to 350 students and was held at Stonewall Elementary School and Leal Middle School.

Now in its third year, the camp expanded to six elementary campuses, one middle school and STEM Early College High School (ECHS) with close to 100 staff members supporting the effort as teachers, assistants and even clerical staff.

“This summer’s expansion was made possible through a district grant, which was awarded to eight campuses within the district. The Texas ACE grant, administered by the Texas Education Agency and funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, was awarded to six Harlandale elementary campuses, one middle school campus and one high school campus,” added Khosravi.

The goal of the Texas ACE program is to foster each student’s academic success by improving attendance, behavior and academics, which lead to grade level promotion, graduation and helping students be more prepared for college and the workplace.

“While the summer program will end in July, Texas ACE will continue to provide After-school Education designed to enrich the student academic success on each campus,” Khosravi concluded.

The camp was offered at all the ACE campuses: Adams, Collier, Columbia Heights., Carroll Bell, Gillette, Stonewall, Terrell Wells Middle School and STEM ECHS.

Lion King Play at Gillette Elementary for STREAM Camp

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