The Omniveda Foundation and our Architectural Coatings team from PPG Deco Poland collaborated for the third time and helped organize some incredible summer camps for kids in Poland.
Lato Wiedzy, Polish for ‘Summer of Science’ is an inter-city STEM based summer camp designed for low income families, who cannot afford to send their children away to summer camps. For three years running we have contributed to the camps, and through our community engagement grant, we were able to partially subsidize the costs of these amazing camps for families.
Aquatic Scientists and Architects in Training
The themes of this year’s summer camp were ‘Underwater Adventures’ and ‘Inventions Through the Centuries”. Around 170 children from different primary schools in Wroclaw, Poland got to enjoy the camps running from 8am to 4pm every day.
During the Underwater Adventures camp, the children took part in a series of experiments as well as learning about the role of water in humans, plants and animals. Throughout the Inventions Through the Centuries camp, the older children learnt all about paleography and mummification, whilst the little explorers learnt about the pyramid and even built a solar clock! They also saw how people in prehistoric times built large constructions without the tools available to us today!
Inspiring Days in and out of the Classroom
The tiny scientists studied by applying scientific theories to practice and performing simple experiments in teams. This fun and interactive teaching method enhanced their learning and helped their confidence and passion about science grow.
When the little participants were out of the classrooms, they explored the city of Wroclaw and its nearby museums where they created their own costumes, made masks and took part in fun arts & crafts activities and a visit to a lollipop factory couldn’t be missed! The campers got the chance to make their own one-of-a-kind lollipops! Here they started to think of themselves as inventors and constructors after designing a host of different items.
Although both programs are STEM based, the schedule was varied so it allowed the children to also engage in outdoor activities such as mini golf or mega frisbee. Thanks to the University of Wroclaw, the young explorers also had the honor of listening to a piano concert performed by the Rector of the University, professor Adam Jezierski.
Find out more about the Summer of Science here.