Virtual summer camp helps students learn ‘lost art’ of home economics

William Arsn

The Stream3 Academy’s virtual summer camp help students avoid the dreaded “summer slide” through its five-week STEM-focused program.

While keeping the campers entertained during this unusual summer break, the virtual camp engaged students in lessons about different species of marine life, reading, math and video editing as well as home economics.

The highlight of the camp for the students was the home economics class in which they got the opportunity to create projects while developing domestic survival skills. Students managed to learn skills from cleaning and crafting to cooking.

“One lesson that was very important was the sewing,” said Aida Smith, the camp’s home economics instructor. “We supplied each kid with an apron that was already made and they got the chance to sew on a pocket to the apron…They also got to sew on a button. It gave them a chance to be a little creative.

“Sewing was in week three and the apron was available for the cooking lesson the following week,” she said. “Using my personal chicken parmesan recipe, it consisted of the chicken cutlets, the bread crumbs, all the necessary ingredients. We prepared kits for them and we delivered the kits to each kid or the parents met with us to pick up the kit. It worked out so well.”

The campers also received lessons in decluttering and cleaning their homes, laundry and scrapbooking. Campers received their weekly lessons through Webex, Zoom and Google Meet.

“Home economics is becoming a lost art,” Smith said. “So we need to teach these skills now more than ever.”

The camp was sponsored by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation and Doug Young of the Wiser Choice.


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