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August 5, 2016

RIS students attend summer camp at Michigan

Islamabad

August 5, 2016

Islamabad

The students from Roots International Schools (RIS) Mahen Faraz (IB-PYP), Laraib Akhtar (AS-Level), Hanana Anwar (AS-Level) and Shazil Rasool (IGCSE-III) from Wellington and Richmond campuses along with their faculty advisor Shamaila Idrees attended the Summer Youth Programme 2016 at Michigan Technological University, says a press release.

Each day at the camp students were taught different courses that included: digital photography, geological engineering and psychology in real world. The courses took them through the visual and practical journey of learning engineering, film production, molten metal casting, and more – all in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way. It also gave the students a chance to experience a miniature version of college life.

Around 1,000 students travel to Michigan Tech's campus each year from throughout the country and around the world. This year, yet again, the Rootsians were also able to grab this opportunity in their hands and get a life-long experience. Such camps not only allow time for each student to develop a sense of accomplishment through the development of new skills but also cultivate special rapports and enhance personal growth and independence, which is the essence of the activity camp experience.

One of the courses – Digital Photography, was a very intriguing programme for the students and it helped them learn about the composition, lighting, and equipment used which utilises a digital camera and software. Darkroom techniques, colour, and design were also explored both on different locations (outdoors) and in a studio, thus developing student’s business skills as they fine-tuned their eye for details.

On the other hand, Geological Engineering involved demonstrations on how to balance the safety of our planet and its natural resources with the needs of society. From the field to the lab, research, report writing, measurement and analysis helped the students drive advancements in areas including water-supply maintenance, natural-resource management, disaster mitigation, and infrastructure design. The practical exhibition of volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters amazed the students and strengthened their learning process as well.

Psychology in Real World was one subject which fascinated the students a lot. Following their inquisition, students researched about a bevy of topics, ranging from cognitive engineering and decision making to educational technology, individual differences in human performance, and human-cantered design. The Michigan University’s state of art lab provided the students with latest technologies, like 3D head-mounted displays and virtual reality systems, as a platform to learn more about human spatial cognition.

RIS CEO Walid Mushtaq, who works tirelessly and makes un-parallel efforts to help his students achieve their goals, feels pride in his student subsequent to their illuminating experiences from these programs in different parts of world. The entire faculty of RIS ascertains that every opportunity is being provided to their students to fulfil their potential, be it in terms of academic achievement or in the broader sense of personal development.

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