Neighborhood children around the Spokane Central Church were offered a choice this summer between watching TV and playing video games, or doing some fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities at the little house called
"What can I do this summer?" is a question some kids ask when school ends and the first empty days are over. Neighborhood children around the Spokane Central Church were offered a choice this summer between watching TV and playing video games, or doing some fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities at the little house called "Discovery Junction," located between the church and the fellowship hall. They could sign up for one week each of: Lego Robotics, Microscopy4Kids, Mini Maker Mania, and Junior Chef training, all held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.
A former librarian with Lego Robotics experience, Chris Koppel, taught the children to make "Tracker," "Reptar," and other fun robots. Gayle Haeger, Urban Ministries Coordinator and biology teacher, taught a week of microscopic fun looking at tiny things such as living critters, animal hairs like their own, deer, and skunk's, and flower parts. Charmaine Viera, outreach coordinator, led out in Mini Maker Mania which included making "slime," bird feeders, origami, and frozen fruit pops, as well as the Junior Chef training--culinary arts for kids--based on Charmaine's "Eat More Rainbows" program.
Each day began with a character-building story and ended with water balloons! Four of the children participating were refugees from Nepal whose families were first contacted through "God's Closet," another ministry of the Spokane Central Church. We may never know the results of sharing with these children, though most of us have met people whose first contact with Jesus was through a Vacation Bible School or some other ministry for children. Please join us in praying for this outreach into our community.