Cross-cultural and cross-curricular learning encourages applied cognitive tools during learning in the KidsCamp and Youth Camp environment.
Cross-curricular processes to learning, making a transition in math, writing, reading, comprehension when applied to STEAM helps to show that all learning is relevant, connected and valuable.
This is not the “you have to learn,” demands of parents there is the guided learning of “why you should learn,” and “the benefits to your life” guidance. Youth, teens and young adults need learning that is individual and in a team learning process as the teachers are the facilitators of learning in an environment of discovery and creativity. Kids and Youth Camp Conferences are growing and engaging ways to move.
STEAM – STREAM -CSTREAM
Hands-on learning that is projected based: students are provided a project to accomplish and the process is explained and they are let loose to explore the project to completion and provided learning avenues to discover and explore. Kids and youth are engaged in the learning process aided to build critical and higher order thinking in a collaborative environment with a goal that is measurable upon completion. Hands-on learning is transformative and changes the learning paradigm even for autistic children.
A stipulation, build relationships and build their interests and how it can be applied to their growth. In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences, there should be trust, passion,
engagement, and connections. Many times these cannot be created in structured settings like schools, so WordCamp conferences are unique and needed.
STEAM encourages learning scaffolding, problem-solving, sequencing, patterning, and critical along with higher order thinking skills. Youth, teens and young adult may not know when applied to build, designing, the Arts, discovery and innovation, it provides a new avenue for learning and how to apply that leaning for relevancy. Artists like Aida Correa understand the value for these connections and why the arts are important. Guiding new areas of thinking, rationalization, creativity and even building discipline.
Integration of core subject areas, creating a STEAM lesson integrates Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math as a 30-year professional educator teaching Physical Education and Technology (Engineering) creativity and innovation go
hand in hand. Kids want to build, break, design, construct and get messy from time to time. Web development builds reading, comprehension and literacy skills. Behaviors do change when the youth, teens and young adult learn that anyone globally will be able to read their content to they put their best foot-forwards in writing and posting content.
Collaborative planning with business and industry students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, not just to meet learning standards in schools, there is the freedom of expression and sharing their passions in areas they can learn about online not just in a classroom or school setting.
In Kids and Youth Camp Conferences, they become the teachers and parents become the students and parents are the support mechanism during the Kids and Youth camp process.
What is learned in the traditional classrooms are applied in hands-on lessons to reveal that all learning is connected and relevant to building ideas for careers that are now, new and exploratory and ones that have not been created yet?
The engagement of individual learning and the connectivity of collaborative learning are powerful tools especially for children of color and culture. This provides an avenue to show them that their “being” is important and they can both individually and collectively make a difference in the world around them.
Youth, teens and young adult in Africa and Canada are expecting their participation in WordCamp conferences and if they are not invited are protesting along with their parents. The ability for WordCamp to expand and grow is dependent on the support, encouragement, and advocacy for Kids and Youth Camps. The United States of America with all its resources still cannot dominate the world with tech able people, globally WordCamp conferences express collaboration, connections and the integration of STEAM.
STEAM educators like William Jackson and Aida Correa also, show that Representation Matters because of their diverse cultural backgrounds. Children of color and culture
need to see people of color and culture teaching them, mentoring and guiding their growth.