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Fun & adventure during week one of SLAM

Fun & adventure during week one of SLAM

Students who will be joining BACA in year 7 this September had fun and made new friends during week one of our summer programme, Summer of Learning, Adventure and More (SLAM)!   This free programme enables incoming students to choose from four different strands each designed to help them get to know their way around the academy, meet staff and make friends whilst having fun. 

This year the strands include:

Zombie Tracker - working with experts from the Moulsecoomb Forest and Wildlife Garden students learn basic survival skills and ancient living techniques. They develop bush craft skills whilst building self-motivation, awareness and resourcefulness as they became part of a tribe to work together to fend off a zombie attack.

Sensory Explorer - working with artists from Exploring Senses students create their very own toy, give it a name and invent a world for it to live in using tools such as 3D scanning to create 3D digital avatars to bring their toys to life in an animated world.

Bike Adventurer - activities for this strand start at BACA each day and included biking skills development, proficiency testing and basic bike maintenance before heading off on a range of local rides, each becoming more challenging each day. 

Food Ranger - cooking in a professional kitchen as part of an elite team with a Community Chef from Trailer Trashed, the students work together to cook lunch for all SLAM participants and staff each day.   During the afternoons they experience trips such as farm visits and workshops in activities including bread making to develop a range of new skills and recipes to try out at home.

This exciting week culminated with an awards ceremony where students shared their adventures with family and friends and were awarded with their first entrepreneurship badges.  These creative activities return to BACA next week for week two of SLAM.