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Students in Laurel Clifford’s Math in Architecture class learned how to create tiny houses using origami. Here, Clifford helps Jessee Loyd how to make precise folds that will form her house.

Lake Havasu City kids are out of school, but that doesn’t mean the learning stopped.

ASU Havasu has been hosting two sold-out camps this week that offer a close-up look at mathematics and the criminal justice system.

The camps serve two purposes, depending on the child. For students who are already interested in a particular topic, the camps help them continue exploring the subject. For others, introduction to the topics could spark new interests for students.

Pupils entering grades four through six have been attending the day camp for math, which concludes Friday. The 40 children have been involved in learning activities that involve technology, engineering and mathematics.

A similar camp next week will focus on science. It, too, is sold out. STEM camps are also offered in math and science for students entering grades seven through nine.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. The education should be beneficial to them when they enter the job market.

ASU math professor Eric Aurand has been coordinating the camps’ activities. The topics are designed to complement school curriculum in STEM subjects.

Criminal Justice Camp

ASU professor Danny Pirtle said that of the 42 students enrolled in ASU’s Criminal Justice Camp, 14 are from Lake Havasu City. The remaining teens are from New Mexico, Tennessee, California, the Phoenix area and communities in the region.

On Wednesday morning, campers learned about the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit. Several deputies and two canines staged demonstrations for the campers, explaining how the dogs’ keen senses and training allow them to assist the deputies as full-fledged working members of the law enforcement team.

Criminal justice campers are middle school and high school students plus students who just graduated from high school. The camp is 24-7. Students have been housed a campus dormitory since Saturday, giving them a taste of the college experience.

The introduction to criminal justice covers several areas over a week’s time. Students meet law enforcement agents, tour a jail and a crime lab. Students also investigate a mock crime scene, get arrested and arrest others. This is the third year for the camp.

Many criminal justice professionals interacting with students are from the local, county, state and federal levels.

Pirtle is leading the camp for ASU. He said ASU Havasu offers a four-year criminal justice degree.

“Six students just graduated in May with that degree,” he said.

LEGO Camps

A pair of LEGO engineering camps at ASU Havasu still have openings for students who like to create and explore using engineering principles.

Presented by Play-Well TEKnologies, the five-day camps are for children ages 5 through 12. The cost is $170. Students will have access to tens of thousands of LEGO parts to build trains, helicopters, treehouses and beam bridges. Kids will experiment with motorized parts such as scissor lifts and gear cars.

There is an emphasis on STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). For details, visit or call 623-217-3048.

Jedi Engineering: July 8-12, ages 5-7, 9 a.m.-noon.

Jedi Master Engineering: July 8-12, ages 8-12, 1-4 p.m.

Pam Ashley can be reached at 928-453-4237, ext. 230 or


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