More than a thousand students from throughout the Merced City School District are taking advantage of interactive learning opportunities during Summer Academy.
Students get a chance to create their own math games, produce videos, make instruments and conduct science experiments. There are also special performances, assemblies, and educational field trips to places like local zoos, museums, colleges and universities.
All of the activities and other classroom instruction are based around integrated STEAM learning – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.
"This approach helps students develop 21st century skills including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity," district official said in a news release.
The session started June 18 and continues through July 13.
Summer Academy also offers online programs for foreign language and mathematics.
"Students enrolled in those courses can work from home at their own pace but also have the option of attending classes at the school sites for extra support and unique learning opportunities that incorporate art into both subjects," officials said.
Those who meet certain math requirements this summer will be eligible for advanced math classes in the fall, setting them on an accelerated college/career path by completing high school requirements while still in middle school.