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UC Berkeley student-run summer camp aims to cure quarantine boredom

The Daily Californian logoUC Berkeley’s summer camp for youth includes math learning with Kahoot!

Neuroscience, TikTok dance, riddles and game theory are among the courses offered at a free virtual summer camp that aims to help middle and high school students connect and find their passions during quarantine.

The program, called Connect-in-Place, serves hundreds of campers with more than 60 unique course offerings taught by campus students. Connect-in-Place stemmed from a desire to address multiple needs in the community, according to co-founder and campus rising senior Danielle Egan.

Egan added that the camp hopes to ease the COVID-19 burden on kids and teenagers who are struggling with isolation, frazzled parents who could use “one less stress in their lives” and college students with suddenly open summers due to canceled internships.

Lauren Yang, the program’s communications director, is slated to teach an Algebra 1 class for middle schoolers. Her lesson plan includes a heavy use of games, such as Kahoot! and Jeopardy, as well as questions regarding the real-life applications of the material.

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