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Summer Dream Academy Spotlight: Mythology and the Past

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MCKA teacher Michael Martin discusses mythology with his summer camp participants.


For Marion County Knight Academy history teacher Michael Martin, there’s not enough time during the school year to teach every aspect of history he -- or his students -- would like. That’s one reason why he offered the “Mythology and the Past” summer camp as a part of the MCPS Summer Dream Academy.

“It’s about exposing them to not only myths but different pieces of history they may not get in the classroom,” Martin said. “It’s the stuff some of them will bring up in class or want to talk about in class and there’s so many myths out there.”

The four-day camp isn’t just limited to the well -known Greek myths. Instead, Martin chose to incorporate “myths and legends that they hadn’t typically heard of” including those that have been popularized through pop culture such as the Knights Templar, Oak Island, and elements involved in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

For camper Jasmine Hite, the “Mythology and the Past” camp isn’t just another day in class.

“You’re in school, but it feels more like a summer camp,” Hite said. “It’s pretty fun; I recommend that people sign up next year.”

Before the camp, fellow camper Sydney Click knew mostly “about the gods and Zeus” when it came mythology, but enjoyed discussing the legends surrounding Oak Island.

“It’s like school, but a lot more fun,” Click said. “We do really fun activities.”

Those activities include an online scavenger hunt followed by a real life scavenger hunt using a metal detector on the camp’s final day.

“Mythology and the Past” is one of nearly 30 camps offered by MCPS through the Summer Dream Academy.

Many camps are still open for registration. To view the catalog of available camps, including the Dream Bus schedule click here.

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