More than 60 first- through fourth-grade students from Sherman ISD are busy building new cities at Austin College’s 2018 Thinking Camp as they learn about the services and amenities needed to keep a modern city functioning.
Sherman City Manager Robby Hefton will visit classes July 25 to “tour” their cities and provide feedback on their efforts.
The educational program focuses this year on “The Built Environment: Then and Now” and examines how cities develop, what is necessary to sustain them, and how residents benefit from a well-run city.
While learning about modern cities, students also visited Frontier Village in Denison to explore the buildings and “city” of a bygone era.
The two-week morning program, now in its 16th year, is led by Dr. Julia Shahid, Austin College associate professor of education, and Cyndi Petray, Sherman ISD gifted and talented teacher. Graduate students of the College’s Austin Teacher Program create lesson plans and teach the classes that integrate social studies and science through hands-on learning and interactive sessions.
The camp began July 16 and ends July 27.