By Andy Ross
Killeen Daily Herald

For the fourth year in a row, Central Texas College is gearing up to host free summer academic camps intended to drive home math, science and English lessons to the point the “light bulb comes on,” as CTC spokesman Bruce Vasbinder described it.

The camps, running July 11-28, are available to middle and high schoolers from the Killeen and Copperas Cove school districts, as well as incoming CTC freshmen.

Funding is provided by various grants and a partnership between CTC and the two school districts.

With an emphasis on teaching practical subject matter, Vasbinder said instructors are designing the camps to pique students’ curiosity and give them a glimpse of

future occupations.

“You always hear kids say, ‘Why do I need to learn this? I’m never going to use this in life,'” Vasbinder said. “But we show them they will be by teaching all those little

nuances they don’t usually think about.”

For example, the students work in groups to design and build actual structures.

“These camps tend to open a student’s eyes to the importance of math and science as we apply those concepts to real-world situations,” said CTC camp coordinator Angela Reese. “In the past, students have designed and constructed bridges and model homes and completed other activities using math as the backbone for the projects. This gives students a first-hand look at how math and science are used in everyday tasks and in a lot of jobs and careers. They get to put those concepts they read in a textbook to actual use.”

The camps run Monday through Thursday. Math and science camps for eighth-graders will be between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The afternoon camps are for ninth- through 11th-grade students.

An Adventure Camp for AVID students entering seventh through 10th grades is planned, as is a separate Success Boot Camp for incoming CTC freshmen and high school seniors in KISD and CCISD.

College readiness and writing skills will be emphasized during the Success Boot Camp.

Registration for all camps is at CTC through June 23. Spaces are limited. For more information, call CTC at (254) 526-1868.