School may not have been in session, and the weather was scorching hot, but the King’s Academy campus was bustling with activity this summer as hundreds of kids participated in the school’s sixth annual summer program, Summer at King’s Academy, which took place in July.
Summer at King’s Academy fuses education and recreation, catering to the interests of a diverse audience of kids who, this year, came from over 15 countries around the world, some travelling from as far afield as China, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Korea, Spain and the United States, as well as from across the Middle East.
“I’ve loved my Summer at King’s experience because there are people from all around the world,” said 16-year-old American Miranda Tobin. “At my school back in the US, everyone is from the same town. So it’s nice to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. I now have friends who live in many different countries.”
Some 200 boys and girls, aged between six and 17, had a fun-filled and stimulating summer at King’s where they kept busy with a range of activities from academics and art, to sports and the prestigious i2Camp.
Hosted at King’s for the fourth year running, i2 Camp is a series of fun and inspiring weekly classes that blend science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Campers enthusiastically explored a variety of exciting subjects through the i2 courses on offer, including digital game design, 3D printing, electronic engineering and design, surgical techniques, robotics, contagion: pandemic response and crime scene investigation.
“We were always engaged in lots of activities, so it was really fun,” said 13-year-old American Mary Mulualem who signed up for Contagion: Pandemic Response and Crime Scene Investigation. “I’m excited to go back to school now because it’s gotten me in the mood to go back to class.”
Bader Biltaji, 14, who travelled from Bahrain to take the i2 Camp’s Digital Game Design and Electronic Engineering courses, was excited to apply his newly learned skills in real life. “I helped fix my grandmother’s electrical plugs at home, which I would never have done before if I hadn’t learned it at King’s!” he said.
Other campers came to King’s to improve their skills in math, English or Arabic.
“I studied English and improved a lot,” said 13-year-old AlWaleed AlHukail from Saudi Arabia. “The way they teach here is really interesting. Yesterday, I read 110 pages of a book and enjoyed every word!”
As a summer boarder, AlHukail said he enjoyed living on campus. “I’m making lots of new friends and the evening activities are really fun, my favorites were paintball and bubble soccer.”
In addition to i2 Camp and academics, a daily sports camp offered younger kids a chance to improve their skills in football, tennis, basketball and swimming.
“We learned lots of new skills,” said 11-year-old twins Layan and Lulwa Banna, who live in Saudi Arabia. “The teachers are really fun and kind and you never get bored.”
Learning was not limited to the classroom, however. Campers also had the opportunity to explore Jordan’s history, culture and food during weekend adventures on trips to places like the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum.
“I really enjoy Jordan’s culture,” said Hanna Yaklin, 16, who travelled from Texas to study Arabic at Summer at King’s Academy. “I’ve been to Jordan a couple of times before, but I definitely feel like I learned about a different side of it.”