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Title: Mazeltov to That  (reporter-Chelsea; posted by Jo Ann)

In the past week, we have watched campers from the Freedom School venture on an expedition in learning about environmental science. They started the week unknowing of many of the tools we would use to investigate the water, but by presentations yesterday, the camp leaders were kicking back and listening to the campers explain everything to their younger peers at the Freedom School. The consensus across cohort debriefing was that all of the campers had stepped in as the leaders of the presentations while the camp leaders were all able to take a step back. The manner in which this happened felt magicIn the past week, we have watched campers from the Freedom School venture on an expedition in learning about environmental science. They started the week unknowing of many of the tools we would use to investigate the water, but by presentations yesterday, the camp leaders were kicking back and listening to the campers explain everything to their younger peers at the Freedom School. The consensus across cohort debriefing was that all of the campers had stepped in as the leaders of the presentations while the camp leaders were all able to take a step back. The manner in which this happened felt magical in a way – they’d taken away so much of what we’d worked so hard to teach them. Though it didn’t always go as planned, the campers clearly adjusted incredibly well to be able to come up with ways of presenting their data with little direction from us. All of this seemed to really instill a sense of pride in the kids in terms of being real scientists, and I don’t think that any of us could’ve asked for anything more successful. All of the campers did a great job in taking the reins and owning the details of their work from the week. My favorite part of preparation last week was when my part of the blue team was practicing for dry runs in front of the level three peers. The student that was presenting as the scientist started his line as, “Hello! My name is _______, and I am a scientist.” This was not in the original script they’d written, but it really made me feel like they’d adapted the sense of pride as scientists. Moments like this seemed to be consistent across all teams during camp – Mazeltov to that!al in a way – they’d taken away so much of what we’d worked so hard to teach them. Though it didn’t always go as planned, the campers clearly adjusted incredibly well to be able to come up with ways of presenting their data with little direction from us. All of this seemed to really instill a sense of pride in the kids in terms of being real scientists, and I don’t think that any of us could’ve asked for anything more successful. All of the campers did a great job in taking the reins and owning the details of their work from the week. My favorite part of preparation last week was when my part of the blue team was practicing for dry runs in front of the level three peers. The student that was presenting as the scientist started his line as, “Hello! My name is _______, and I am a scientist.” This was not in the original script they’d written, but it really made me feel like they’d adapted the sense of pride as scientists. Moments like this seemed to be consistent across all teams during camp – Mazeltov to that!

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B-L-U-E Team

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Wind Team Infographics

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Team Earth Factor Map

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Earth Team Prezzi

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Wind Team Rappers

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Earth Team Campers in charge, proud Leader looking on

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