EU grads launch science and technology camp for kids
July 24, 2014 | Paul K. Logsdon
What do you do if you are an educator, and you can’t find the right summer enrichment programs for your young children? You create your own!
Aimee Gerla is a 2000 Business Education graduate of Evangel University. “Last spring, I found lots of sports camps, but I was really looking for something that would be academically challenging, like a Spanish camp,” she says.
An Internet search brought her to The Whole Child Learning Company, and there, she discovered not only Spanish programs, but also very cool, early-childhood-oriented STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math).
Gerla drafted her sister-in-law Ashley Wubbena, a 1997 Accounting graduate from Evangel, and together they became the first Whole Child Learning franchise holders in the state of Missouri.
“We saw the opportunity and jumped on it,” says Gerla.
“Both Aimee and I are entrepreneurial by nature,” says Wubbena. “Evangel gave us a solid business foundation and the confidence needed to take this step.”
In May, they announced their four-day WOW Camps would be held on Evangel’s campus. Response was excellent.
“Our first camp was open to children ages 5-12,” says Gerla. “Using special STEM LEGO® bricks, the class introduced science and engineering concepts at age appropriate levels.”
The second camp is this week (July 21-24) for children 6-10. It, too, has a STEM focus, utilizing the LEGO Star Wars collection.
The concept has attracted the attention of area schools. One district official even visited the WOW Camp to see how STEM classes for kids might be integrated into afterschool programs.
The business and education training from Evangel suited Gerla well. “After several years of teaching high school business, now I get to live what I taught,” she says.
“We love the flexibility of self-employment,” added Wubbena. “We love the opportunity to build a business and work with kids, and yet be able to go home to be with our own kids as much as we want.”
For more information, contact Ashley Wubbena.