Camp Sol Taplin of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, has taken their Science Camp to the outer limits. Broward County Teacher of the Year, David Menkes will impress campers in grades 1 through 5 with a mindblowing balance of learning and fun at the MAR-JCC’s summer science program.
The teaching staff of Ramblewood Elementary School in Coral Springs nominated David Mankes as 2014 Teacher of the Year for many reasons.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Education, David’s 9-year tenure at Ramblewood has offered him the opportunity to impress students and parents alike. He founded the school’s first Robotics Team, known as First Lego League, which won 2nd place in a statewide competition in its first year. David was nominated by the school’s Principal for the Office Max SECME award for a pre-engineering after-school program he developed.
In addition to David’s outstanding years in the elementary education industry, he spent 16 years at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in the capacity of camper, counselor and lifeguard, which ultimately lead to running the indoor and outdoor aquatics facilities for 10 years.
“I am really excited to be returning to Camp Sol Taplin and the MAR-JCC as the Mad, Mad Science Camp Unit Leader. The JCC has always been my second home, and this will give me the opportunity to bring the lessons and excitement from my classroom, to a fun, summertime environment,” explains David.
The all-new Mad, Mad Science Camp will give kids the opportunity to learn about science through interactive and hands-on science activities. “Our summer science camp allows children to become junior scientists, and embark on a series of science adventures, and are designed to adapt to the different age groups,” David adds. Some of the sensational scientific fun will include rocket building, ooey gooey lab work, whacky experiments, special presentations, field trips to the museum of science & discovery, daily swimming, arts & crafts and so much more.
For more information about this camp, or the other 30 additional Camp Sol Taplin summer programs, for ages 2 ½ – 15, call 305-932-4200 x145/146.