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Metro State and OpenWorld Learning Team Up for Summer Camp Benefiting Denver Public School Children


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: June 10, 2010



(Denver, Colo.) — In an effort to both educate and inspire local youth, Metropolitan State College of Denver is partnering with OpenWorld Learning to offer experiential leadership and technology summer camps for low-income children.

The two one-week camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14-25 at Metro State on the Auraria Campus in the King Center III and 7th St. buildings. Summer Spark, a leadership program for 6th~8th-graders, starts June 14. Camp Tech for 3rd~5th-graders starts June 21. Students from areas schools have the opportunity to attend based on their social and economic risk factors.

“We recognized the opportunity to not only provide access to Metro State’s facilities, but also our professors who can provide additional instruction and relevance for students,” says Metro State President Stephen Jordan. “Summer programs such as these are crucial in helping narrow the achievement gap faced by low-income students in our community.”

“Our goal is to tap into the creative and problem-solving skills of students to not only enhance their educational skills, but to also expand their personal horizons,” adds Tiffany Deines, OpenWorld Learning development specialist. “The majority of our participating students have never stepped foot on a college campus.”

The Spark camp will create positive leadership experiences addressing topics such as team building, effective communication, confidence building, community service and more. The students will collectively select a community project by creating a plan of action that, hopefully, will be carried out following the camp.

The Tech camp will challenge students’ use of technology using robotics (Lego Mindstorm, PicoCricket), animation, Internet research, multimedia presentation and computer programming. Students will have the opportunity to express their creativity and ingenuity using programs to create projects and solve problems using interactive software.

Research consistently demonstrates the importance of creating experiences for youth during the summer months to avoid regression of their academic skills. Since OpenWorld Learning and Metro State have similar objectives for supporting at-risk youth, the education outreach partnership was easy decision, Jordan says. 

In addition to the experience on campus and in the classroom, students will make a presentation at the conclusion of each camp at Greenberg Traurig law firm, a partner and title sponsor of the camp programs.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver


With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.

About OpenWorld Learning


OpenWorld Learning is an independent nonprofit organization that supports children's school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. Since inception the organization has proudly served more than 3,200 students, including 696 students who received approximately 100,000 program support hours annually. For more information visit: www.openworldlearning.org