ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth wrapped up a summer of fun activities with the close of the summer session on July 21st. ICAN’s summer programming is supported by the Arizona Community Foundation.
Youth at ICAN enjoyed daily activities including art, computers, structured sports, STEM learning activities and a reading program through ICAN’s library. The DPR School of Construction was a highlight of the summer, 50 ICAN youth attended this field trip, in its third year. Youth learned all about the field of construction and the many types of jobs opportunities in that field. They built little libraries in groups and constructed their own tool box, which they were able to take home.
Another highlight was the Avnet STEM Camp for girls – a week long STEM camp that was facilitated by Avnet volunteers. The girls worked with tools like Raspberry Pi and coding programs such as Blocky and Scratch. The group also used slime to code a computer and play music.
ICAN partnered with Opportunity 4 Kids on a “water day” with slip and slides, water gun wars, water balloons and more. The afternoon included a visit from the Chandler Fire Department who cooled everyone down from their fire truck.
A group of 3rd – 7th grade boys were the first community group in the nation to participate in “Brain Chase” through the Valley of the Sun United Way. Each week the group completed four challenges related to academic or service focused topics in order to receive clues about the treasure’s location around the world.
Youth also enjoyed trips to the Chandler Microsoft Store, TechShop Chandler, Pizza Camp through Chandler Unified School District and swimming at Folley Park. ICAN teens enjoyed an overnight camping trip to the White Mountains.