Robinson Concludes Another Successful Summer of Science Camps
This summer, Lee University hosted the 11th annual Rocket City Science camps directed by Dr. Jason Robinson. Over the past 11 years, over 1,300 students have participated in the high energy educational camps that encourage creativity and discovery in a hands-on, minds-on environment.
“Getting kids excited about science is one of the highlights of our summers,” said Robinson. “It's one thing to teach kids science content, but it is another thing to teach them that same content in an engaging and exciting way they will never forget.”
The camps are held each summer and offer two options for different age groups: Camp Discovery, for 2nd-4th grade students, and Camp Explore, for 5th-8th grade students.
Camp Discovery encourages the “Aha!” moments of discovery. This year, activities focused on the solar system, space travel, electricity, weather, germs, laws of motion, chemical reactions, and others. Camp Explore focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) related topics by providing students with an interactive approach to learning that encourages cooperative learning experiences among participants. The concepts highlighted in Camp Explore included space science, chemical reactions, construction design, the human body, rocketry, weather, states of matter, and others.
Robinson began the science camps in 2005 with the purpose of providing students with engaging science experiences during the summer months that would support the hard work that teachers are already doing.
“Teachers are some of the hardest working professionals out there, and they are doing an exceptional job every day in the classroom, but it is often difficult for them to teach all that they want to, specifically in science and social studies,” said Robinson. “That is where the benefits of educational camps at Lee come in. Lee professors are able to connect the kids with those topics that students are most interested in and love to learn about such as science, archeology, art, music, math, and sports, and we do it with excellence."
Along with his wife, Faith, who is a kindergarten teacher at North Lee Elementary School, Robinson has led educational/ministry camps both in the United States and abroad. He has also taught internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, South Africa, Nicaragua, United Arab Emirates, and South Korea, in addition to being involved in international missions work with his wife and two children, Noah and Maddie.
Robinson began his teaching career in 1997 after graduating from Lee University and joined Lee’s faculty in 2013. His teaching experience is diverse, and he is known in the community for conducting family science nights and professional development activities for teachers. He has received numerous accolades that include Tennessee Teacher of the Year Regional Winner, Bradley County Teacher of the Year (2001, 2011), Tennessee Science Teacher of the Year, State Farm Good Neighbor Award for Teachers, Vision of Science Award, and the Fitzgerald Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and a Master Teacher for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experimentation Mission. He has served on many advisory panels that focused on effective teaching practices, standardized assessments, and teacher education, both at the local and state levels.
Most recently, Robinson has served on state and national grant teams that provide professional development opportunities for students and teachers in mathematics and science.
For more information about Rocket City Science Camps, contact Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Rocket City.