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A student works on completing her project at Summer Camp
This great project was made during Summer Camp by a 7th grade student

STEAM Into Summer 2019 - enrollment is open!

Have you ever wanted to create YouTube videos? Make stained glass ornaments? Learn to make bots and program drones? Learn to photograph and turn your photos into framed art? Shoot off rockets and fly and shoot aerial photos from drones? Make and program bots - including one to take home? Create animated videos? These and more are offered in the Bedford County 21st Century Community Learning Centers STEAM into Summer 2019 Camps.

One and two-week sessions are open to all Bedford County students who will be in grades 6-12 in Fall 2019. The Camp is completely FREE and transportation will be provided to and from your home schools*. Sessions will run Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session #1, June 10-13 will be held at the Bedford County Technical Center and include Culinary Arts, “Wet Paint,” All About Bots and Stained Glass.

Session #2 June 17-27 will also be at the Tech Center and will include Culinary, "Video+Music+Art=Audience," Animator Camp and two, one-week sessions of Stained Glass.

Session #3 July 8-18 will be held at Bedford Area Middle School and will include the Art of Photography,  a repeat of "Video+Music+Art=Audience," Rockets (and drones) Away, two one-week sessions of Stained Glass and a one-week SAT Verbal prep camp.

Download the full camp brochure for full descriptions and download the pre-enrollment form and e-mail it to to pre-register.

You will receive a confirmation and a full enrollment form to complete and return prior to your camp session(s).

For more information or questions, e-mail or call 814-624-4810.

Program descriptions

Culinary – Explore the different careers available in the food and hospitality industry while gaining cooking skills in this hands-on camp. Want to be the world’s next Top Chef? This is a great place to start.  Bedford County Technical Center teacher Robin Sheeder will be the workshop leader.

Wet Paint- Artist Edgar Degas said "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” In this camp you will be able to experiment with new techniques in alcohol ink, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media painting. You will also get to stretch your own canvas and learn how to make your artwork gallery ready. Let your imagination run freely! Working artist Janelle Cogan will lead this workshop.

      All About Bots - A drone and robot boot camp. Control robots and fly drones. learn the basics of coding and controlling machines to complete challenges and even make a bot of your very own to take home! Working designer Michael Corle will lead this workshop.

Stained Glass - You will learn to design and will create your own stained glass ornaments to take home in this fun camp. Stained glass artists (and Northern Bedford site coordinators) Betsy Feight and Laura Fisher will be the workshop leaders. These are one-week workshops. Students may repeat with preference given to first-time participants.

Video+Music+Art=Audience - Learn how to become the next Youtube sensation! In this fun camp led by Tussey Mountain After 3 Coordinator Nikki Gephart, participants will learn to make their own videos that combine video, music, photos and art to engage an audience. Workshop will be offered twice, students may repeat but preference will be given to first time participants.

Animator Camp - Create fantastic worlds and bring to life imaginative characters in our Animator Camp! Students will learn different styles of animation including claymation, stop motion and digital vector animation. Students will develop skills in character and set design, camera work and animation principals like timing, anticipate, squash and stretch and more! Working designer Michael Corle will lead this workshop.

The Art of Photography - Photographer Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”. In this camp, you will learn how to take pictures of everyday things in a new way. You will be able to find hidden beauty in ordinary subjects that will tell an extraordinary story. This camp also uses photo editing and photo transferring to display your work. Workshop leader: artist Janelle Cogan will lead this workshop.

Rockets (and drones) Away! -Students will have an opportunity to build and launch a variety of rockets, program indoor drones and Sphero robots, and fly remote control drones outside while shooting aerial photos and video, all while learning about aeronautics and developing technology skills. After learning the basics, students will use these tools to work cooperatively to complete tasks. Northern Bedford site coordinator Betsy Feight will lead this workshop.

SAT Prep -Prepare for the SAT’s in the fall through this 4-day prep focusing on the verbal portion of the test as well as test-taking strategies. Participants will receive test-prep books to take home. Instructor: Bedford coordinator and Latin teacher Patrick Neff. Open to 10th-12th graders.

*Transportation will be provided if at least four students from a district attends a session.

The verdict is in - After 3 helps kids!

Rigorous local evaluations of the Bedford County 21st Century After School program have routinely shown lots of positives.

The program is providing academic, attendance and emotional and social support to its students - and students say it's fun, as well as educational!

Teachers tell us that most students who attend regularly improve socially, emotionally and academically in some critically important ways during the school year.

After school students annually show improved attendance in school and more than 80 percent who regularly attend maintain an 85 percent average or above in Math and English.

Parents are engaged in after school activities - sites average 70% of students having parents attend at least one after school activity during the year.

Students and parents both reported high satisfaction with the program. Staff reported high satisfaction with the program.

In addition, the implementation of the Program Quality Assessment system has brought to the forefront items that are proven to positively impact student engagement and ultimately academic, social and emotional performance. The system provides a way to measure and track individual site and program wide goals toward meeting these measures - and the county program consistently scores well above the national average.

E-mail the project director if you'd like more information about evaluations of the 21st Century program.

Bedford Springs - Hope For Hyndman
James Pipers Sword- NBC
Monacan Indians - NBC
The Last Letter - Hope For Hyndman

Want to know what bathing was like in the 19th century? Or how musket balls were made in 1780? Or how James Piper’s lost sword was rediscovered after two centuries? Or the emotions of a Civil War soldier’s family when they read his last letter home?

These and many other stories are showcased in student-created videos made as part of the Bedford County 21st Century Community Learning Center Consortium after school program’s “Bedford County Heritage Project.” Through a partnership with the Bedford Heritage Trust, both elementary and secondary students create short videos that are designed to help students bring the county’s history to life.

Students visit Fort Bedford Museum each year and teams chose artifacts to inspire their creation of 3-5 minute videos that showcased events or life in the county’s history.

“Teams work extremely hard on their projects and many show  extraordinary creativity,” said Lyn Skillington, project director for the countywide consortium. “Most have had no prior experience in working as part of a team on a longterm project, let alone understanding the creative and technical skills necessary to produce videos that could bring their vision to life and there are many excellent videos created each year by student teams in both our elementary programs (grades 2-5) and secondary programs (grades 6th-12th).

At the end of each year, winners in many categories are chosen to be honored at a "Red Carpet" awards ceremony, with winning videos shown to all county After 3 and After School students. Winning videos are posted on the project's You Tube channel.

Click here to see James Piper's Sword - Northern Bedford Winner, Secondary Division, "Outstanding Achievement in Creative Production," Northern Bedford County Middle-Senior High School