Middle and early high school students at Apollo Middle School who participated in the Applied Learning Institute (ALIGN) summer camp program enjoyed a high-level academic experience in a fun atmosphere.

During the first portion of the camp, the students took classes in art, music, debate, and STEM. Then they were able to focus on the area they liked the most. They could also participate in a yoga program.

Diana Dworzan, was teaching the STEM portion of the camp. “The students are building robots and learning to code. We are teaching the children how to program robots using microprocessors,” she said.

Renea Moss was teaching the debate class. She believes debate is an important skill for young people to learn. “With debate, the students learn to communicate. They learn how to speak with an educated voice,” said Moss. “They learn to back up their arguments with evidence.”

Gina Ruiz said she enjoyed being a part of the debate class. “I like debating,” she said.

Bryan McCall was teaching the music class. “We are teaching the children to play instruments,” he said.

A group of middle and early high school students got together at Apollo Middle School to participate in the Applied Learning Institute or ALIGN program. It was a summer camp program that gave the students a high-level academic experience in a fun atmosphere.

During the first portion of the camp, the students took classes in art, music, debate, and STEM. Then they were able to focus on the area they liked the most. They could also participate in a yoga program.

Pauline Latorre was also teaching music. “We are encouraging the students to choose music and to develop their talent,” she said.

Lauretta Navarro and Jarred Corey, both art teachers at McArthur High School were teaching the art program. The student spent some time making collages. “We are teaching the children to be creative. This will be important to their future careers,” said Navarro.

The students were able to try new courses and develop new skills. Some will continue pursuing these areas in middle school and high school. They learned critical thinking skills, new technology and to be creative.