4 C's Summer Academic Camp - S.T.E.M.

“Engineering or technology is all about using the power of science to make life better for people, to reduce cost, to improve comfort, to improve productivity, etc.” ~N.R. Narayana Murthy, IT Industrialist


In the summer of 2019, Cleveland Middle School continued implementation of the 4C's Summer Academic Camp (College, Career, Community, and Citizenship) to provide intervention and enrichment for at-risk students in reading and math. The goal of the camp is to prevent the "summer-slide" that is typical for economically disadvantaged students. According to our pre-test and post-test data, these students grew 20% throughout the course of the camp in both reading and math. 


CMS will continue to offer 4C's Summer Academic Camp with research-based reading and math programs from highly qualified teachers to students performing below 25% in Reading or Math on our Universal Screener at the end of the year. The program offers personalized instruction in both content areas as well as enrichment through STEM activities. This camp incorporates it's 4C's belief in College, Career and Community and Citizenship in order promote a healthy, well-rounded student which aligns with Cleveland City Schools vision to "educate and equip students with the academic, social and emotional skills necessary to be successful and productive". Making the connections between academics, career, community and citizenship responsibilities promotes an intrinsic motivation to succeed at school and at life! 


Using materials on hand, students designed a slingshot that could propel a badminton "birdie" the fartherest.


Students were able to see what it is like to sit behind the camera at a TV Studio.  


Students enjoyed a visit to the Hunter's Art Museum in Chattanooga.  


With the help of the Art Teacher, students were able to do a tile mosaic project using the Raider emblem as inspiration that will be on displayed in the school cafeteria for everyone to enjoy.  

planter recycling project

The Summer School Counselors soon noticed that after awhile with the free breakfast and lunch offerings each day that the number of paper bags were accumulating.  After some thought it was decided that the students would create their own pot to plant vegetable seeds in to tie in with the lessons about nutrition and healthy eating.  We wanted these at-risk students to have more opportunities to share with their parents healthy habits at home.  So, the project began with this vision and the students had great fun being creative with the designs of their unique paper mache pots.  It helped also to use up the leftover paints from a previous project and provided for them a hands on experience that they could remember whenever they tended their vegetables at home.  


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.


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S.T.E.M. Team

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