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USC Sumter 2018 Summer Scholars Series

Summer shouldn't be boring, so why should summer camp? USC Sumter Summer Scholar Series is designed to engage imaginations, stoke creativity, reward curiosity and just be a barrel of fun. This year we have six classes over three weeks designed to tempt even the most picky personalities!

Week 1 Classes:  June 11 - June 15, 2018


Print, Paint, Shape, Create

With Ms. Amanda Cox and Dr. Erin Baribeau
Do you like to be creative and messy? Do you find your imagination running wild? Students will work through projects designed to enhance their creative problem-solving skills. New materials, styles and artists will be discussed everyday including: the gyotaku fish prints of Japan, building a painting from dark to light, painting colorful majolica pottery and shaping Alexander Calder-type mobiles. At the end of the week there will be a small art show for the students to display their creations. 

Camp is over for 2018, but check out the amazing creations here.



With Dr. Damien Picariello
Have you ever thought about becoming a lawyer? Are you good at remembering details? Participants will explore our court system from the inside, acting as lawyers, judges, witnesses and jurors as they try their own court cases. This is a great opportunity to have fun while building valuable skills including public speaking, logic, reasoning, memory exercises, reading and writing. 

Camp is over for 2018, but check out all the proceedings here.


Week 2 Classes: June 18 - June 22, 2018


Mad about Science

With Dr. Dan Kiernan
Have you ever wondered why we can’t just jump in the air and fly? Have you ever looked at a tree and wondered how it’s made? Ever wondered why we think the way we think? Students will be introduced to human biology, environmental science, psychology, biochemistry and physics in fun and interactive ways. Conduct scientific experiments and explore firsthand the environment in which we live. For the second year we will have the Greenwood Genetic Center Mobile Science Lab team joining us! 

Camp is over for 2018, but check out all of the experiments here.


From Sumter to Appomattox

With Dr. David Decker
How did Civil War troops march onto a battlefield? How were civil war cannons loaded? What did cannons sound like when they were fired? How did cavalry troops fight on horseback? We will explore the strategies and military tactics of the Civil War through a hands-on, interactive experience. Come learn about infantry, artillery and cavalry from a leading historian and active re-enactor. 

Camp is over for 2018, but check out all of the battles here.


Week 3 Classes: June 25 - June 29, 2018


Write On!

With Mrs. Leah Kiernan
Do you like to tell stories? Do you find your imagination running wild? In our class, students will have the opportunity to participate in fun, interactive and independent writing exercises that explore the techniques of mystery writing, creative fiction, realistic narrative fiction and non-fiction. Students learn tips for getting started, how to “reel the reader in” and how to use the five senses to unlock the power of descriptive writing.

Camp is over for 2018, but check out all of the activities here.


E-Sports Hands On!

With Mr. Kris Weissmann
Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing video games competitively? Have you ever been part of an online gaming team? Students will play alongside USC Sumter’s varsity eSports players and experience what it is like to be a part of an eSports program. Just like our varsity eSports players, you will learn how to study gameplay, tactics, strategies, live streaming, team cooperation, communication and more! 

Camp is over for 2018, but check out all of the online battles here.