Education is a yearlong endeavor at Hilliard City Schools.
Last week, hundreds of students enjoyed making messes in a kitchen, building a Lego model of the Titanic and lifting fingerprints at the Summer Enrichment Camp from June 5 to 9 at Britton Elementary School.
The Summer Enrichment Camp is in its third season, said Billy Giacomelli, a music teacher at Darby Creek Elementary School who coordinated the camp.
Giacomelli succeeded Rachel Nelli, a gifted-intervention specialist in the district who was instrumental in founding the Summer Enrichment Camp in 2015.
The classes are approved by enrollment. A minimum number of students must register in order for the enrollment fee to cover the cost of materials and each teacher's stipend.
"It's all about teaching your passion," Giacomelli said. "Our teachers offer their proposals and if enough sign up for the class to pay for itself, we have the class."
He said 218 students were enrolled, 15 teachers were part of the staff and 11 classes were offered.
Students enrolled in a three-hour morning session, a three-hour afternoon session or both, he said.
"The enrichment camp is meant to encourage students to explore and it's a chance to do some things they might not do during the course of a (regular) school day," Giacomelli said.
"Gourmet Grubb," a class in which students learned to prepare and cook simple meals, "Detective Science," a class teaching forensics and such hands-on exercises as lifting fingerprints, and "Calling all Engineers," were among the classes available to students.
"Calling all Engineers" proved the most popular and all sections quickly filled, Giacomelli said.
Students used their imaginations and intellect to build things from a Hot Wheels car prototype to a meticulously crafted bridge made from toothpicks and gumdrops.
Nathan Scott, a third-grader, and Jonathan Rasor, a second-grader, collaborated on a model of a Hot Wheels car they showed to Britton Elementary School principal Stephanie Borlaza.
Jonathan said they wanted to make "the coolest-looking car."
"Messy Science" also proved popular as students used corn starch and water to make Oobleck, a fictional gooey and green substance featured in the Dr. Seuss children's book, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck."
Bethany Stone, a science teacher at Weaver Middle School, used the class to teach students that Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that does not follow Newton's law of viscosity.
"It has some properties of a liquid but also some properties of a solid (and) does not strictly conform to all the properties of either," said Stone, citing paint and blood as other examples of non-Newtonian substances.