We love to celebrate our staff, volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special.
Summer Camps are well under way here at the Thinkery! Campers are diving head first into activities designed to encourage exploration and creative problem solving.
We are having a blast teaching young innovators STEAM concepts, and we couldn’t do it without the leadership, energy, and dedication of our fantastic summer staff. They work tirelessly to make each kid’s day full of joy and packed with learning. Read more about our remarkable staff below!
Scott brings his experience as an elementary classroom teacher to his role as a Camp Instructional
Lead. Scott infuses every lesson with energy, excitement, and even dancing! The foundation for Scott’s teaching philosophy is mutual respect between kids and teachers. He creates a space of positivity, genuineness and trust where everyone can grow from their success and failure. Scott’s favorite part of the Thinkery camps is the emphasis placed on collaboration. He loves encouraging campers to use teamwork to solve complex STEAM challenges. When he is not helping kids master STEAM concepts, Scott is spending quality time with his wife and son. He is excited about the level of professionalism among the staff at the Thinkery camp, and we can’t wait to see what amazing things he can accomplish with the rest of the summer!
Daniel started working at the Austin Children’s museum 2 years ago, and we are excited to have him return for his third year at Thinkery summer camps. As a Thinkery veteran he brings a playfulness and love of questions to our camp program. With a PhD in musical arts and masterful tuba skills, Daniel brings important diversity to our STEAM education team. He enjoys taking our campers on field trips as a way to help broaden their minds and connect all they are learning with professionals in the Austin area. He also loves to get the campers moving throughout the day through silly and engaging kinesthetic games that connect their bodies and brains to the week’s themes. In his free time Daniel trains for running events and follows his favorite sports teams.
Kim’s passion for a life full of learning brought her to the Thinkery last December, and we are proud to say she is now one of our team leads here at the Thinkery camps. When she is not studying for her masters in art education at The University of Texas at Austin, Kim is sharing her knowledge with our campers in creative, effective ways. She is a pro at connecting with each camper on a personal level and finding ways to connect the campers’ learning to their everyday lives. Her goal is that her students develop a passion for learning, and understand that true learning isn’t limited to the classroom. “I want them to ask questions, to be wrong sometimes, to share with others, and to embrace failure as part of the process.” And that is what we teach our campers here at the Thinkery, to be brave and use every mistake and failure as a springboard for more learning.