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Summer is here, which typically means outdoor activities, swimming, and perhaps extra TV time for your child. Many parents worry about “the summer slump,” a phrase referring to children regressing or forgetting certain skills they learned during the school year. ” The summer slump,” is a real thing, cites Psychology Today, but it can be easy to overcome.

“Children do forget skills and knowledge learned in the previous school year. But if families and educators encourage kids to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer, students may not only maintain, but improve their knowledge.”

A great way to keep your child engaged during the summer months is camp. These educational summer camps make learning fun and can help prevent “the summer slump.”

1Adventure Science Center

Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 9am – 3:30pm with early drop-off and late pick-up available at no extra cost from 7:45am until 5:15pm.

Cost: $275 / week for members, $325 / week for non-members

Age/Grade: K-6th Grade

Camps Available:

Biology & Medical Science
June 24-28 & July 29-August 2
Campers can enjoy a week in mini-medical school while they learn about new elements, genetically modified organisms, and bacteria.

Music & Sound
August 5-9
Let’s make some noise! In this Music City-inspired camp, we’ll explore music theory as we practice song-writing, discover sounds in nature and build our own instruments.

Music City Adventures (7th – 9th graders)
June 24-28 & July 29- August 2
Using public transportation, campers will journey through Music City to discover how music and entertainment have shaped, designed and influenced Nashville with trips to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Belcourt Theatre and more.

Learn more at adventuresci.org/camps

2Columbia State Math Academy


Address: 1665 Hampshire Pike

Camp Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm June 17-20

Age/Grade: Students who were in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Columbia State Community College’s Office of Access and Diversity is hosting “Math for Life” Summer Math Academy June 17 – 20.

Students will master and reinforce the basics and immediately use them in assigned activities and group projects. Math Academy participants will be involved in a long list of math activities directed at budgeting and critical thinking.

The Summer Math Academy is open to students who were in 6th, 7th or 8th grades during the 2018-2019 academic year. Deadline to apply for the camp is June 10. Seating is limited, and students will be accepted through an application process. For the application and other necessary forms, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/SMA.

The Summer Math Academy will take place Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Warf Building on the Columbia Campus located at 1665 Hampshire Pike.

Lunch and snacks will be provided each day, and all academy materials needed by the student will be included. The academy will have a completion and awards day on Thursday with family members invited to attend.

The Office of Access and Diversity develops and implements programs, activities and initiatives in an effort to heighten the awareness, presence and success of ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups. Columbia State works to establish a safe, nurturing and accessible environment that fosters the free and civil exchange of ideas and perspectives. To learn more, visit www.ColumbiaState.edu/Diversity.

3Camp Invention

Address: Spring Hill Middle, 3501 Cleburne Road & Granberry Elementary, 5501 Hill Road, Brentwood

Camp Hours: For Spring Hill location – Monday-Friday 8:30am – 3pm; For Brentwood location – Monday-Friday 8am – 2:30pm

Cost:$230 – $240

Age/Grade: K-6th

Camp Invention is a high-energy, hands-on STEM camp, giving campers a chance to creatively solve problems, work in teams and use their innovative and engineering skills.

Learn more at invent.org/programs/camp-invention

4History Summer Camp

Address: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle

Camp Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4pm June 18-20 & July 16-18

Cost: $160 per camper

Age/Grade: 8-12

Camp takes place Tuesday through Thursday, June 18-20 & July 16-18.  children will learn about soldier camp life, civilian life during the war, and the families that lived in the homes through demonstrations, contests, trips and prizes. It is an educational and fun experience that allows children to dive into the history of the Civil War. Snack and water provided, campers are required to bring lunch. If your child has allergies please let us know in the registration form.

For additional inquiries, please contact Sarah Falck, Education Coordinator at sarah@boft.org or (615) 905-0692.

Learn more at boft.org/summer-camp-registration

5Robotix Institute

Address: 9000 Concord Road, Brentwood

Camp Hours: Variety of options, including 8a-12p, 1p-5p & 8a-5p

Cost: Ranges from $199- $449 per week

Age/Grade: 5-13

Robotix Institute offers technology focused camps with the mission to be a “technology playground for future inventors.” There are still spots available in their STEM Camps and Robotics Camps.

STEM Camps Dates Available:

June 3-7
June 17-21

July 8-12
July 15-19 *only a few spots remain
July 22-26 *only a few spots remain
July 29-Aug 2

STEM Camps include Chess Coaching, Scratch Coding, Lego Robotics

Robotics Boot Camp Dates Available:
July 15-19
July 22-26
June 17-21

Robotics Boot Camp is recommended for Elementary schools kids with love of building & coding. Kids get to program & build robots implementing project-based curriculum. This is total blast for them as they get do it throughout the day. Recommended length for the program could be from one week to two weeks.

Learn more at rxiedu.com/summer-camp.

This article is brought to you by IvyBrook Academy in Franklin, offering a hands-on, discovery-based approach to learning. IvyBrook Academy, located at 1268 Lewisburg Pike, is a half-day preschool for children ages 2-5.

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