TCU Hosts First iEngage Summer Civics Camp
TCU hosted the first ever iEngage Summer Civics Institute from August 1 through 5, 2016 with almost 50 6th-9th graders in attendance. Students learned about advocacy topics, listened to guest speakers like Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Texas Senator Konni Burton, and Texas Representative Craig Goldman, and worked in groups to complete a multimedia advocacy project.
Camp activities included a visit to Fort Worth City Hall, visiting with elected officials, researching local community issues, and playing digital iCivics games. During the camp, students, teachers, community members and the College of Education posted about the camp on social media using the hashtag #frogsengage. Campers presented their advocacy projects and websites to family and community members on the last day of camp:
- Neighborhood Safety
- Animal Shelters
- Appropriate Uses of Social Media
- Pollution in the Trinity River
- Green Energy
The iEngage camp 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. By spending a week immersed in learning civic principles and engaging in fun, age-appropriate civic activities, campers will gain valuable civics content knowledge have opportunities to practice what they learn.
Baylor University has hosted an iEngage Summer Civics Institute since 2013. Associate Professor Michelle Bauml attended Baylor’s camp last year and received funding from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation to host a camp at TCU. The institute is offered free thanks to the generous funding of the foundation and the College of Education, with t-shirt funding provided by TCU College of Education alumna Cathy Estrada.