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Academic summer camps wrap up at Dordt College

July 9, 2012

The Dordt College campus was filled with students during the final week of June as it hosted Dordt Discovery Days (DDD) for junior high students and Dordt College Studies in Mathematics and Statistics (SIMS) for high school students.

A record 246 students from the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands participated in this year’s DDD, a week-long educational camp. Students picked two classes from nearly 40 options. Classes ranged from Japanese Printmaking to Design on a Dime and from  CSI Sioux Center to Eyewitness News. A complete list of this year’s classes can be found here.

In addition to classwork, kids participated in daily activities and games including Bigger and Better, along with evening Praise and Worship. Most of the students lived on campus and experienced a taste of what college life is like.

“Discovery Days is the fastest week of my year!” said Barb Mellema, co-director of the camp. “Meeting the expectations of nearly 250 campers is a huge undertaking. But we know that we provide a great program where students are meeting new friends, exploring new ideas, and having new adventures.”

SIMS hosted 20 high school students from six states who are especially interested in mathematics and statistics. “The week went very well, and I was surprised at how quickly the group bonded,” said Valorie Zonneveld, Dordt College mathematics professor and co-director of SIMS. “It’s enjoyable to work with such a motivated and gifted group of students.”

Along with research and recreational activities, the program exposed students to careers and research in mathematics and statistics.

This is the first year that SIMS was offered at Dordt College, and the college expects to do it again next year. “These opportunities to engage and mentor future college students are an exciting way to expand Dordt College’s impact in the world,” said Jim Bos, associate provost and registrar.

Photos from the camps can be found on Dordt’s Facebook page at

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