Innovative Classrooms, Camps and Summer Programs – May 2014

By Marianne Reid Anderson

In this, our fifth installment of innovative happenings in our areas schools, summer camps and summer programs, we continue to highlight some of the remarkable opportunities available to young people in our area.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School – This brand new, state-of-the-art modern learning facility is located in Cranberry. There are interactive SmartBoards installed in every classroom and each student will be issued a school-owned laptop computer. In addition, the school houses a television studio, science labs and musical composition rooms. The gymnasium holds more than 1,250 people and there is also a large, college-style cafeteria that has several food stations. Visit to learn more or schedule a tour.

Early Years Child Care – Early Years has worked with the University of Pittsburgh Child Development Office to develop School Age Summer Camp Programs which include Space Exploration; Restaurant Day where children design, plan and operate their own restaurant; Puppet Making where children write a play, create puppets for a performance; Plant and Maintain a Garden where children learn about how plants grow, how insects help and even how to recycle water, plus much more. Visit to register for their summer camp programs.

Gymkhana – Gymkhana gymnastics facility has developed innovative summer camps designed to keep children, creative, busy and active this summer. Two camps in particular are their KHIDS KAMP for 3-10 year olds, using all of the gymnastics equipment including: floor exercise, balance beam, rings, uneven bars, mini trampoline, tumble trak the goliath trampoline and our incredible inflatables. Theme-based kamp activities including dry-land water games, parachute play, awesome obstacle courses, craft activities, zoom-zoom zipline, climbing cargo net, bouldering and more. And their Survivor Kamp for 6 to 16 year olds. Based on the popular Survivor TV show, campers will be split into tribes, where they create their own tribal flags and compete in challenges for rewards. Survivor camp is for boys and girls who enjoy participating in a broad range of physical activities with an emphasis on fun through gymnastics. To register, go to

Saint Kilian –  Saint Kilian has integrated the iPad and iPad applications into every grade to enhance what the students learn. Even Preschool students as young as 3 and 4 have learned to use the iPad. Preschoolers use PlayArt by Tapook to learn about Claude Monet and were able to create their own pictures using the artist’s own elements. This experience led several students to further their investigation of these techniques on paper, by painting their own renditions of Monet’s Water Lilies. And third grade students use the iPads to strengthen and enrich their math skills and recently took a trip to outer space, using the devices to complete a webquest and create virtual postcards in Science. The innovative way the educators at Saint Killian use the iPad continues throughout the school with a 1:1 ratio of student to iPad for 6th through 8th grades. Visit to learn more.

Sewickley Academy Summer Programs – These innovative, high-quality summer programs are open to everyone and are very affordable. Each program has an academic element but is taught through interesting activities.  For example, American Girl® Day for children grades K-3rd, uses the background of the dolls to teach various eras of American History through stories, crafts and even a tea party. In another program developed in cooperation with the Effective Leadership Academy, called “Lead!” is designed to teach leadership skills to middle schoolers. In this innovative program, students are taught how to present themselves and their ideas from the first introductory handshake, to looking people in the eye, to speaking clearly and effectively; thereby preparing them for successful careers throughout their lifetime. There are also Castles and Dragons, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Magical World of Fairies, Math Magicians, Science Discovery Camps in the schools “Secret Garden” and much, much more. For information on the complete array of innovative summer programs available, visit

Throughout this issue are additional summer camps and educational activities. If you are offering an innovative program or camp or planning an innovative program for the coming school year, be sure and let us know by emailing or calling 724-940-2444.