This summer was the first for the Penn Yan Summer Discovery Camp.

Students in grades 9–12 were able to participate, free of cost, in three different summer enrichment workshops including Culinary Arts, Science Exploration, and CTE Manufacturing. The goals of the Camp workshops were to offer students summer enrichment, hands-on career opportunities, and a deeper understanding of course content. 

The Culinary Arts workshop was instructed by Penn Yan middle school teacher Tiffany Dereza. Students learned the basics of cooking, kitchen safety, knife skills, nutrition, and career opportunities. Students also visited NY Kitchen in Canandaigua, where they were able to prepare a meal with a professional chef.

 The Science Exploration Workshop was instructed by Penn Yan Academy science teacher Jon Pragle. Students learned about aquatic ecology, bioaccumulation, food chain, and preservation of ecosystems. Students also had the opportunity to work with Jeffrey Thompson from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation who spoke to students about N.Y.S. fishing laws, fish identification, and taught students how to fly fish. He also brought in equipment for the students to learn to tie flies.

The CTE Manufacturing workshop was instructed by Penn Yan Academy career and technical education teachers Scott Chappell and Jon Giglio. Students were able to design and manufacture an Adirondack chair from the ground up, using Penn Yan Academy CNC equipment.  

In each workshop, students were provided transportation and offered a free lunch provided by Milly’s Pantry.