Kids Architecture Camp

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By Evie Allen

CARBONDALE - Kids around the region are getting their hands dirty and learning how buildings are constructed at one of SIU's summer camps.

Every year SIU Carbondale holds an Architecture Camp for kids.

"As we walk around our cities, our towns, our parks, we don't know what we're looking at," says projector director Jon Davey.

Davey, also known as Dr. D. has been overseeing the camp for nearly 25 years.

"It's kind of opening their eyes to a visual education," says Davey.

This week the grade schoolers are making concrete blocks. Concrete is a mixture of lime, aggregates, which is a fancy word for rocks large and small, sand and water.

"The big concrete truck poured wet concrete into the boxes and then we placed our tiles into a design," explains nine year old camper, Sofie Youther.

The camp also incorporates local history. It also allows the kids to be creative and very hands on.

"We found out that you can't have extremely smooth parts or it won't work. It will just pop right back up," explains nine year old Rory Baldwin.

"I think all camps are good for kids in the summertime. It just so happens to be this ones a little more academic mixed with a lot of fun," says Davey.

At the end of the week the kids take a field trip to St. Louis, where they visit some historical landmarks. The camp is open to kids fourth grade up to high school and ends in July. Contact SIUC for more on this camp.
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