Students learning to culminate in live performance that will include school staff

By Staff     8/17/2017


St. Columban School is running a 6-week summer STEAM camp. Campers are learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math by designing, creating, and performing various scenes from musical theatre.

An example: while learning a scene from Mary Poppins, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” students design geometric figures (Math), learn the science of kite flying (Engineering), design and decorate their own kites (Art) and film the kites with the green screen (Technology). The students are designing their own costumes and incorporating LED lighting (Science and Technology), learning simple stage movement and will perform the song as part of their performance in September. Students are also constructing real-looking models of farmhouses that will be used in green screen technology for the selections from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The performance and music is giving purpose to everything done at camp. The songs are a wealth of new vocabulary and are improving reading and comprehension skills.

The performance will be a gala benefit to raise funds for new playground equipment at St. Columban and so some key personnel will be giving cameo appearances: Monsignor Tuan Pham, Pastor, will present Be Our Guest for the “Beauty and the Beast” selection, and Parochial Vicar Rev. Philip Smith, will be portraying Captain Hook for the “Peter Pan” selection. Many of the school’s staff will be on stage as munchkins, Mary Poppins, Glinda the Good Witch, and

Miss Hannigan. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Garden Grove. Tickets can be purchased at the school office during regular hours. (714) 534-3947.