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Children can and do love science â€“ that is what we in Discovery Vacation Camps (DVC) earnestly believe in.Â Our activities, projects, visits and lessons are developed to help children love science. I am a Scientist of more than 40 years experience and I love science and my passion is to share this love withÂ children. It is an established fact that when children love a subject, they will do excellently in it.
Discovery Vacation Camps had its humble beginnings in 1992 as a fun project that I started with a few teacher friends, taking 30 children on visits and through science activities and simple projects, helped the kids understand what science was all about. The next holidays, parents rang and asked for more such sessions and thus was born DVC.
Our programs, which are continually upgraded, involve the use of interactive hands-on science methods. Emphasis is onÂ children to do, to think, to understand and be creative. Examples of some topics which light up the childrenâ€™s eyes include: Flight, Life Sciences, Robotics and Energy. Our one-week programs consist of experiments, projects, activities, visits and play.
We work with children from ages 6 to 12, placed in three different class sets: â€œSâ€ù or Starter Programs for the Primary One children; â€œAâ€ù Programs for the P2s and P3s and â€œBâ€ù Programs for the P4s, P5s and P6s.Â TheÂ interactive and participative methods and approaches have been used since 1992 in our Discovery Vacation Camps and have since been incorporated into the new Science syllabi of Primary and Secondary Schools in Singapore.Â We like to think it all began with us.
We have a wide repertoire of programs which allows campers to attend several sessions within one year.Â Discovery Campers love being at DVC and we have many repeat campers each time and each year.
As DVC grew in popularity through the years, we extended from one Campus to two and now we are functioning from three Campuses, located geographically in the East,Â Central and mid-Western zones of the island, during the May/Jun and Nov/Dec Singapore school holidays.
I have now incorporated a new company Discovery Camps Pte. Ltd. to grow and run DVC. My partners are Science graduate managers and our classes are taught by trained teachers assisted by trained Science Camp Leaders.
Discovery Vacation Camps (DVC) is all about kidsÂ learning SCIENCE in a FUN and ENJOYABLEÂ way.
Dr Seet Ai Mee