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Unplugged: Simple Summer


Since 2010, the Stanley Foundation has offered the Investigation U. day camp to middle-school students in Muscatine, Iowa. A major component of the camp is the opportunity for students to learn about cultures they may know little about.

This year, students spent time interacting with visitors from Togo, Poland, and Costa Rica. Participants also enjoyed practicing tinikling, a game from the Philippines.

In keeping with the 2017 theme of “Unplugged,” students experienced ways to connect with others and have fun without electronics. Several activities, such as miniature golf, fishing, enjoying 1950s playground equipment, a field trip to an organic dairy farm, and sharing a meal with an Amish family led participants to think about the positive aspects of a simpler lifestyle. (Photos by Francie Williamson, The Stanley Foundation)


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