With a little bit of creativity, a pile of LEGO? bricks can transform into almost anything. Maybe a battle robot, a bridge, or a three-dimensional art sculpture. They can even become movie stars, ready to step into a stop-animation film and bare their plastic hearts on the silver screen. They can also be a part of kids' introduction to the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at at Bonanza Educational.
The organization's programs take a fun approach to building skills in STEM fields. Kids from elementary school to high school come together to tackle projects and challenges that incorporate LEGO? bricks. The educators behind these sessions include current and former elementary teachers, coaches, artists, and other professionals. However, Bonanza Educational's original team was much smaller. Three friends, who all loved LEGO? bricks, came together with a fun and creative way to help kids excel in a technology-driven world.
"I'm bored!" is probably the most common phrase uttered by children out of school for the summer. Even inundated with an abundance of toys, games, and technology, kids still want more. Instead of getting them yet another magical centaur, parents can keep their offspring occupied with one of Arizona Summer Camps's diversions. The camp teams up with a variety of local businesses to present a diverse array of summer camps to engage the minds and bodies of youths. The quality of instruction is top-notch, and the student-to-teacher ratios are kept low.
Kids can expand their horizons with science-driven experimentation in fields such as robotics or computer gaming, or break a sweat and a few boards in one of several martial-arts camps. Gymnastics camps bolster coordination and strength in wee ones.
A trainer of both equestrians and their mounts—as well as an established rider himself—John Elliott's specialty lies with statuesque Arabians and show horses. Working with riders as young as six, Elliott not only teaches the fundamentals of English riding, he instills a sense of responsibility and self-esteem in each of his students. Both group and private riding lessons are available, as well as training for young horses who have yet to learn the discipline of taking out the trash.