Future engineers: Students participate in HIS Camp Build

Upcoming HIS fifth grader John Robert works on his Strauss Bascule bridge at the Camp Build enrichment camp on Tuesday, July 12. (Reporter Photo/Keith McCoy)

Upcoming HIS fifth grader John Robert works on his Strauss Bascule bridge at the Camp Build enrichment camp on Tuesday, July 12. (Reporter Photo/Keith McCoy)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–Wooden bridge kits and thousands of Lego pieces could be found in Amanda Miller’s Helena Intermediate School classroom on Tuesday, July 12.

Students from Shelby County Schools are attending a four-day summer enrichment camp called Camp Build, which lets students put their creative skills to the test to build a number of different bridges and compete in Lego challenges.

Each day of the camp, students will build a different bridge that they will get to take home and on July 12, students built a Strauss Bascule bridge by putting each wooden piece together using instructions.

Upcoming HIS fifth grader John Robert said his favorite subject in school is science and his favorite thing about the camp has been building the bridges because “I like that we get to play with them and take them home.”

Other bridges the students will complete and take home include a lift bridge, a swing bridge and then the final day of the camp the students will take what they learned and build their own bridge.

Between completing the bridges, students would reach their hands into a cup and pull out various slips of paper that had numerous Lego challenges to complete.

Some included building a garden, building something as big as your hand, build a beach umbrella, build something tall and more.

For those interested in the summer specialty enrichment camps, multiple camps are offered throughout the summer at various schools throughout Shelby County. Fees will vary depending on the classes that are offered.

For more information and to view a full list of dates and times summer camps are offered, visit Shelbyed.k12.al.us/community/enrich.html.