Millikin School of Education hosts DPS's Smash Camp

During the summer, the School of Education hosts the Decatur Public Schools' SMASH Camp for middle schoolers who are identified as gifted. This 4 week camp is reimagined each year with a unique curriculum, planned outcomes, and innovative learning experiences. The lucky middle school campers are able to use the many resources and experts at Millikin in their learning and activities.

Over the past few years, Millikin Education students and DPS teachers created summer experiences focused on entrepreneurship, visual arts, astronomy, food sciences, and technology. DPS middle schoolers used Millikin's public observatory (the largest public observatory in the state) to view the night sky with their families, designed and opened startup companies, and auctioned creatively repurposed items.