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Rocket to Creativity

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June 26-30, 2023 | 10am to 3pm (Day Camp)
Ages 5-14
WCU Killian Building
Registration fee: $180 (includes lunches each day)

This camp is designed to nurture creative and critical thinking in a fun, supportive environment. Children who are 5 (by August 31st) through 14 years old may choose from a variety of projects that range from creating a Rube Goldberg Machines, filming a news broadcast, creating an invention, solving a world problem, myth-busting, crime scene investigation, archaeology, and more. Children will be working in small groups with an approximate ratio 1:5, providing a personalized creative experience for each child. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a “maker space” to complete creative challenges.  On Friday, parents are invited to a showcase of the creative projects developed during the week.   Registration is limited to the first 40 children.  Scholarships are available.  Please contact Lisa Bloom at for information regarding scholarships.


Dr. Lisa Bloom is the Jay M. Robison Distinguished Professor at Western Carolina University where she has been a member of the faculty since 1989. Her current research interests include using technology to personalize learning environments and to promote creative and critical thinking, problem-based learning, culturally responsive teaching, and the social and emotional well-being of children. She is the author of Classroom Management: Creating Positive Outcomes for All Students published by Pearson, as well as numerous journal articles related to her research interests. She teaches both online and face to face courses in instructional technology, classroom management, and creative and critical thinking.

Dr. Kristy Doss was one of the first students to receive her MAEd in WCU's special education, gifted concentration program. Since graduating in 2008, she completed her doctorate in gifted education at UGA and is now a visiting assistant professor in the School of Teaching and Learning. Over the past ten years, she has worked as an adjunct professor, teaching over thirty classes in gifted education, special education, research methods, and behavior disorders. In addition, she worked as an AIG specialist at Rugby Middle School for twenty years where she offered over 75 workshops on writing instruction, information literacy, differentiation, and reading strategies. She has presented her research on spiritual giftedness, problem-based learning, transforming teacher pedagogy, growth mindset, mindfulness, and curriculum units for gifted students at 23 conferences including the World Gifted Conference, the National Association for Gifted Children Conference, North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Conference, and SOTL Commons Conference.

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