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Real World Experience for Summer Camp Interns

July 19, 2018

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Real World Experience for Summer Camp Interns

Amazeum Program Educators Support Future Teachers

by Maddy Baumover

 

During the second semester of my sophomore year at the University of Missouri, I began to give some thought to where I would be working a summer job. I considered applying to be a barista at a local coffee shop or even babysitting--summer jobs I had done before but hadn’t done much for me in terms of my schooling or future career.  I did not think I would be spending my summer learning about bugs or the scientific process of art restoration. Through Tyson Foods and the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, I was able to join the Scott Family Amazeum for the summer as the Summer Camp Intern! This position has allowed me a one-of-a-kind opportunity to facilitate learning and simultaneously learn myself alongside six to eleven-year-olds.

As an Elementary Education major at the University of Missouri, I knew I wanted to spend this summer working with children in an effort to enhance my skills as an educator, but I hoped to accomplish this through an unconventional and exciting experience, rather than the typical summer nanny job. I could not have found a better opportunity to gain experience with classroom management and harness students’ creativity and desire for learning than through my position as a Summer Camp Intern here at the Scott Family Amazeum.

I knew I wanted to spend this summer working with children in an effort to enhance my skills as an educator, but I hoped to accomplish this through an unconventional and exciting experience, rather than the typical summer nanny job.

From working alongside the Amazeum’s Program Educators, I have observed  how to ask the campers open-ended questions about the activities, such as “why do you think _____ happens?” or “what can we do to fix ____?”, supporting their exploration and learning. I’ve also picked up on the importance of teamwork here at the Amazeum; campers are encouraged to “find a coach”, meaning find a friend to help them through how to do something they find challenging. I already plan to implement both of these techniques in my future classroom, as I’ve seen how successful they are in the Amazeum’s summer camps. As a future teacher, my main goal is to one day be able to facilitate learning in a special, exciting, and effective way. I feel that my experience thus far at the Scott Family Amazeum is pushing me towards that goal, and I am looking forward to what the rest of the summer entails. I am very grateful for the experience that @Tyson and @UnitedWayofNorthwestArkansas provided me and thank them for the opportunity to participate! 

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The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families located in Bentonville, Ark. A museum with a foundation in the arts and sciences, the Amazeum encourages creativity, curiosity and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops and camps. Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, nearly one acre of outdoor space, and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities.

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