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Blugold Beginnings adapts to virtual summer camps

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Students enrolled in the Blugold Beginnings summer camp are undergoing a much different experience than normal this summer, which counselors say has impacted learning both positively and negatively.

Instead of allowing middle and high school students on the UW-Eau Claire campus, the program has shifted to virtual learning, including for this week's coding and computer science camp.

The camp is currently hosting nearly 40 students from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas for students to continue to learn their favorite subjects online.

Counselors say the virtual format allows more students across the country to enroll, but can be more distracting for students at home.

"With this, you have to try a little bit more to make games where people can still interact while still not looking face-to-face with you, and also keep people engaged," said Olu Famule, a summer camp counselor for Blugold Beginnings. "Knowing that they'll be distracted because they're at home, we are finding ways to overcome obstacles and finding activities that will keep them engaged."

Program leaders said they will not be welcoming students back for in-person camps this year, but hope to return to face-to-face learning next summer.

Evan Hong

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