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Science, Engineering Education Encouraged in New Bloomingdale Program

Board of education voted Monday to approve 'Camp Invention' summer camp.

The Bloomindale Board of Education is hoping to keep kids' minds stimulated over the summer through a special camp program that encourages science, technology and engineering education.

The board approved a weeklong program, "Camp Invention," at Monday's meeting. The camp will be held the last week of June, when students are out of school, at the Walter T. Bergen School. The program will be open to students from grades 1-6.

Interim Superintendent Frank Buglione said he was excited about Principal Frank Verducci wanting to bring the program, which is used in school districts throughout the country, to the district. He was particularly enthusiastic about the subject matter.

"I think it's an area that we need to do more in because this is the future," he said.

"The 'Camp Invention' program instills vital 21st century life skills
such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun," according to the program's website.

Buglione told board members that between 30 and 35 students are needed for the program to run successfully. As such, he said the district would be reaching out to Butler Public Schools and other surrounding districts to see if their students would be interested in participating.

"I think it's really a step in the right direction for us," he said.

According to the resolution approved by the board, the program will come at no cost to the district.

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