iEngage Encourages Civic Participation
Fifty middle school students will convene on the TCU campus next week to learn about the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in a free civics camp. TCU is only the second university to host the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, which is funded by a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and by TCU’s College of Education. Campers will include students entering grades 6-9 at Daggett Montessori, McLean Sixth Grade, McLean Middle School and other schools in the Fort Worth area.
Camp Director and Associate Professor Michelle Bauml applied for a joint grant with Baylor University to start the camp at TCU in 2016. She modeled curriculum and activities after the Baylor camp, which started in 2013.
iEngage is designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their neighborhood, school and community. Campers build important leadership skills through interactions with local civic leaders, simulations and group projects. Camp activities include a visit to Fort Worth City Hall, visiting with elected officials, researching local community issues and playing digital iCivics games. During the camp, students develop an advocacy project and website for a community issue they research and discuss, which they will present to family and community members. Examples of 2016 iEngage student projects may be found here.