Wednesday, 27 December 2017 16:21

Challenger learning center camp program Featured

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BANGOR - Parents are always looking for ways to entertain their children during those winter breaks from school.

Now for the first time this season the "Challenger Learning Center of Maine" is hosting a camp.


It's a fun way to help keep kids brains active during those long vacation breaks.


Education director Jennifer Therrien said "Right now their designed beak styles and their trying to pick up different...a mouse, a piece of corn, and see which beak works best for what."


This camp is a chance for kids to have fun over the winter break, but also to collect data and analyze it.


"There's a lot of fun science mixed in plus them having a good time together" said Therrien.


Camper Lilli Kerluke said "We're actually testing out little things that are examples of things that we have to try out to scoop with them and see how they work."


Therrien says it's a great way for kids to try something that maybe they've never done before.


"This is a mixed aged camp from kindergarten to fifth grade so to give them a chance to try some experimenting making a hypothesis, but it's all done in a really fun way" said Therrien.


"We get to learn about new things that we never heard about before and we get to learn about animals. It's very fun to learn new things and experience new things." said Kerluke.


Each day the kids learn about something new.


"Tomorrow we're doing all different games strategy games some science games and then on Friday we always end our week with a Lego day" said Therrien.


She says they're exposing them to vocabulary and skills now that they'll see pop up as they get a little older in school.


"It also reinforces what they've already done at school so it's a nice complement to the kids will come back later and say oh yeah I remember that or I learned that so it's really neat to kind of give them a head start."



Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].