STEM or STEAM, do you understand the difference between the two?  The Conversation shares,  “For educators, there is now a greater need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to integrate with the arts (STEAM) across the wider curriculum.”

Hire-able employees of the future, according to business and industry leaders should possess multiple areas of expertise or at least have an understanding how a variety of skills are inter-connected.

“Teachers working in cross-curricular STEAM settings often see their students making connections between concepts and solving problems in new and exciting ways. They demonstrate this by active engagement, their discoveries visible in enthusiastic “aha” moments.”

So how are STEM and STEAM different?  STEM is :

  • STEM is science, technology, engineering and math.


  • STEAM is STEM with the addition of  arts which includes humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media.

“The main difference between STEM and STEAM is STEM explicitly focuses on scientific concepts. STEAM investigates the same concepts, but does this through inquiry and problem-based learning methods used in the creative process.”

Keep in mind that STEAM is not something that just came about.   Take the time to explore and appreciate how Leonardo Da Vinci, indigenous Australians and others had combined arts and sciences to make new discoveries.

For in-depth information:  Explainer: what’s the difference between STEM and STEAM?

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New at Tennis?

Are you thinking about starting to play tennis?  Realbuzz.com shares some tips for neophyte tennis players:

  1. Be thoughtful when choosing a racket.  Beginner and junior-sized rackets are often quite affordable.   Seek advice from a sales assistant and pick a racket that matches your body and grip size.  Keep in mind that rackets can be restrung for tension and broken strings.
  2. Practice is always key.
  3. Consider tennis lessons.
  4. Always warm-up and cool down, try stretches and light jogging.
  5. Stay hydrated and have a light snack during breaks.
  6. Aspire to hit the ball at waist height.
  7. Work on your speed, try skipping rope.
  8. Start off with learning the right grips for different shots from a tennis coach or a more experienced player.
  9. Be active and improve your endurance with aerobic exercise or playing more tennis or other sports,
  10. Stay calm and don’t worry about what has happened, concentrate on your next point.

Work on developing good habits with a more experienced player or coach.  Be patient with yourself, work on your fitness, practice and stay calm.  Most of all enjoy the sport!

For more details:  Top 10 Tips For New Tennis Players

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Spotlight on Manuela Cornejo

“Future Stars Camps has been around for 37 years and keeping it fresh while maintaining the values that have made this summer day camp a family tradition are why parents, who attended as kids, want their children to come here.”  —    Jordan Snider

We are proud to be a family tradition.  Enjoy getting to know our Future Stars Camps family. If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, please let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Manuela Cornejo.  She speak 3 languages fluently and is lucky enough to call 3 different continents home.  She has lived in Ecuador and Germany.  Currently, she is here working on her MBA in Marketing and playing her senior year for a nationally ranked D2 Tennis team.  Manuela spent her summer as a Future Stars Camps tennis counselor.  See what she has to share about her first year at Future Stars Tennis camp.

What brought you to Future Stars Camps and how long have you been with Future Stars?

Manuela:  A very good friend of mine who also used to play for my team recommended Future Stars Camps to me. She worked here a few summers ago and told me about her amazing experience. This past summer (2018) was my first time working at Future Stars and I really enjoyed my time.


Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Manuela:  For me, the most rewarding part of my job was to see that I was actually able to help the kids improve and become more confident about themselves and their skills. It was great to see how they overcame their limiting beliefs and outgrew their skills.

What is your favorite memory from camp?

Manuela:  My favorite part of the week was the talent show on Wednesdays. It was a great opportunity to get to know the kids even better. I loved seeing their  “hidden” skills. I was really fascinated by a camper’s performance. I never expected to see her execute a handstand followed by a back salto and landing into a split. That was incredible! I remember all the counselors looking at each other with open mouths. No one could believe it.

What was your most memorable 2018 summer moment?

Manuela:  It’s tough to pick one specific moment. There are so many memories that I will never forget. We had a lot of fun with the kids at work. And, I will forever remember my team and the time we got to spend with each other,not just on but also off the court.  We had a great time on our day trips to NYC.


What will you miss most about camp this summer?

Manuela:  I loved my team. We worked so well together on and off court. We had each other’s back in every situation and were able to 100% rely on each other. It felt like having a little family away from home. I really miss that feeling and my little family.

Share a couple of words that best describe your Future Stars Camps 2018 experience.

Manuela:  Team. Growth.


What do you miss most about being a kid?

Manuela:  I miss not having any worries or fears and just living every minute in the present moment. My favorite memories are the summers with my dad and my cousins. My absolute highlights were going to the beach and to my uncle’s finca (estate) . We could just play and do whatever we wanted.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?

Manuela:  I would love to play the guitar better and sing very well. I love listening to people that just need a guitar and their voice to inspire others.

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Manuela:  Definitively Marvel movies. I love all of them!

What exercise do you enjoy the most?

Manuela:  Kick Boxing, tennis and weight lifting.


What is your favorite book?

Manuela:  My absolute top 2 favorite books are: “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday and “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. Both books have had a huge impact on my life, in terms of overcoming challenging times and immense self-growth.

What is your favorite quote?

Everyday impact, inspire and empower someone. — Inky Johnson


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Easy Ways to Start Your Child Playing Tennis

Sports, music, arts and crafts, parents have interests that they would like to share with their children.  So, you have always been passionate about tennis and now you want to share that enjoyment with your child.  Active Kids shares 3 tips on how to ignite life-long passion for tennis and hopefully bypass some child resistance due to parental over-enthusiasm:

  1. Just play tennis with your child.  You can now play tennis in your backyard, driveway and local parks with child-friendly tennis equipment.  Modified children’s racquets are smaller and easier to grip and swing, and tennis balls move slower and lower, to allow younger kids to hit the ball more often.  Playing with your kids creates warm life-long memories.
  2. Participate with your child, either practicing with them or volunteering to coach.  Keep it light and share the joys of playing tennis that you treasure.  If you don’t play there are other ways to participate, watch a tennis game together or plan a tennis party.
  3. Find age-appropriate organized tennis programs as your child shows more interest.  Look for programs that are fun and introductory to the sport, yet offer your child the benefits of appreciating good sportsmanship, healthy competition, all while making new friends that share their love of tennis.

Work on not overwhelming your child and let them naturally fall in love with the sport.  Tennis is one of those sports that can be played at any age.


For detailed information:  3 Ways to Introduce Kids to Tennis

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1-1 Goalie Attack Tips from a Gold Medalist

Alex Danson is a 33 year old English international field hockey player, who plays as a forward.  Alex has received a number of awards and in 2017 led the team as England Women’s Hockey Captain through to the last four in the semi finals of the world league.   Alex is the founder of the Alex Danson Hockey Academy, with the goal of introducing children to field hockey in their schools to increase awareness and participation in hockey at a grass roots level.

Alex has 100 career goals and 300 caps to her name and a Gold Medal from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with Great Britain Hockey.  Stx.com shares an interview with gold medalist Alex Danson on the best way to go 1-1 with the goalie:

  1. Practice, practice practice.  Work with goalies to improve overall technique and try out new maneuvers. Also, try working with rebound boards and nets to simulate actual game experience.
  2. Don’t overthink your shots.  Work on getting the ball to the goal.  Remember, “You miss 100 percent of the chances you never take.”
  3. On approaching a defender, move them, spin them and lift the ball around them. “If you’re able to execute all three of those as you attack, you’ll throw the defender off balance, decreasing the chances of them blocking or deflecting your shot.”

For more details:  Going 1-1 with the Goalie: Attack Tips from Gold Medalist Alex Danson

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A Moment in the Life of Future Star’s Campers

This summer, we featured “Camper Moments” every Wednesday from our different camps.  Though, Future Stars Camps 2018 has come to a close, we will continue to share our campers’ and counselors’ experiences.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Madison! She is a talented and easy to talk to and I had the pleasure of meeting her at lunch with the rest of her Field hockey camp!  I have seen her out on the field and this girl can play! Although a lot of her heart belongs to horseback riding, this camp has helped her realize her love for field hockey as well!

Megan:  Hi Madison! How have you been today?

Madison:  “I am great!”

Megan:  So, how are you liking field hockey?  I have met your sister who is in horseback riding and I know that she is doing great and having fun there, so have you found that you are having the same experience?

Madison:  “Yeah! I have been really liking Future Stars Camps. I have been here for  2 weeks at Future Stars and have been loving it.  It is my first time here.”

Megan:  So, have you played field hockey before?

Madison:  “Yeah, I have been playing for about 3 years.”

Megan:  Woah, that’s fun! So what has been something, that you’ve liked at camp?

Madison:  “I really like the mornings because that’s when we learn a lot of our new skills and do drills.”


Megan:  What has been your favorite drill?

Madison:  “I have really liked learning how to drive to the best of my ability.”

Megan:  What would you say is your favorite part of the day ?

Madison:  “Probably, when we are practicing shooting!  I also obviously like getting to know the girls and the coaches”

Megan:  So, do you think you’ll come back next year?


Madison:  “Yeah, I want to!”

Megan:  Yay! So are there any other activities that you like to do besides field hockey?

Madison:  “Yeah, I horseback ride a lot.  That is my main sport but now field hockey is coming in close second.  I also play softball”

Megan:  I hear you are going in to high school this September.  Do you think you will try out for the team?

Madison:  “Yeah, I am thinking about trying out.  It is hard because horseback riding is year round, but I am getting a lot more into field hockey, especially after coming to camp, so it will be a hard decision.”

Megan: It was great talking with you and good luck with your decision and we will see you next summer!


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Field Hockey Enhances Your Health

There are many reasons why people love playing field hockey.  Revolution Field Hockey Camps reviews 5 specific health benefits that can be attributed to playing the sport:

  1. Improved breathing –  Running up and down the field constantly during practice and games requires regular energy use and muscular strength.  All this exercise will develop your cardiovascular system and improve your breathing.
  2. Better Coordination and Balance – Field hockey players are often multi-tasking on the go as they have to pass and receive the ball while running with speed and agility.  Performing these tasks will improve your coordination and balance and will probably enhance your hand-eye coordination.
  3. Good Cardio workout –  Running up and down the field with short breaks is a workout.  “This is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), which is an even better cardio workout that burns more calories.”
  4. Builds Your Strength -Your legs and core will be stregthened from all the physical activity requirements.
  5. Beyond Physical Activity – Physical stamina is important but mental strategies are just as important to conquer the game.

Field hockey players while running in the field are also making split second decisions and creating strategies to win the game.  These quick thinking skills while on the fly are valuable, not just in the moment but for their personal and future professional lives.


For more details:  5 Health Benefits From Playing Field Hockey

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Why Do Coaches Like Multi-Sports Athletes?

Stack.com shares five top reasons why college coaches prefer recruiting multi-sports athletes:

  • Multi-sports athletes suffer from fewer injuries.  Part of the reasoning could be the findings of a 2017 study presented at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.  The study found that high school athletes with a “high specialization classification” had an 85-percent higher incidence of lower extremity injuries than high school athletes with a “low specialization classification.” Essentially, athletes who specialized were found to be at a much higher risk of lower extremity injury than athletes who play and train in multiple sports.
  • Multi-sports players are more coachable.  The assumption is that if an athlete has experienced varying coaching styles, they have stronger listening and observational skills that they may have acquired from working with different coaches.   “Adapting how you recognize and receive feedback is critical to continuous athlete development. Every coach is like a book: We’ll like some more than others, but all offer something they can teach us.”
  • Coaches love athletes that are always competing whether or not they are the top athlete in that sport.  Coaches like to see an athlete have the ability to place value on their competitive spirit over their personal statistics.
  • Multi-sports athletes tend to be more flexible about transitioning into different positions.  Their multi-sport experience makes them more skilled at picking up new skills.
  • Multi-sports athletes have a higher ceiling to maximize their potential.  “If you develop yourself as an athlete during middle school and high school, coaches at the college level can refine your technique, improve your performance and raise your level of play. But if you focus on mastering the technique of a single sport during your formative years at the sacrifice of building overall athleticism, developing that versatile athleticism later in life is much tougher.”


For more details:  5 Reasons College Coaches Love to Recruit Multi-Sport Athletes

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars Campers

This summer, we featured “Camper Moments” every Wednesday from our different camps.  Though, Future Stars Camps 2018 has come to a close, we will continue to share our campers’ and counselors’ experiences.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Ben! He was attending Multi-Sports camp when I met with him but he is a Future Stars pro! He has been around this summer and last, and is such a genuinely sweet kid.


Megan:  Hi Ben! How are you?

Ben:  “I’m good!”

Megan: So, I see you are in Multi-Sports the week, haven’t I seen you in Horseback Riding camp?


Ben: “Yeah, I usually do one week of Horseback riding camp, one week of Multi-Sports camp, and then sometimes Tennis camp, and sometimes Soccer camp.”

Megan:  Wow, awesome!  Any one you like the most?

Ben: “Do I have to pick one?”

Megan:  No!

Ben:  “I like horseback,  multi-sport, soccer, and tennis”

Megan:  So all of them?

Ben: “Yeah!”

Megan:  Awesome.  So, how old are you?

Ben:   “I am 10, and I am going into 6th grade.”

Megan:  Cool! So, what do you like to do during the school year?

Ben:   “I play a lot of sports.  I play tennis, swimming, skiing, lacrosse, baseball, and other stuff I can’t think of right now.”


Megan:  Woah, you really are active! Maybe multi-sports is the perfect fit then! So what is your favorite part about multi-sports?

Ben:   “I like playing gaga,capture the flag, and swimming.  I also like meeting new friends.”

Megan:  So, what does your day usually consist of?

Ben:   “A lot of different things.  In the morning, sometimes we play world cup(soccer), and maybe some two hand touch football, and maybe some gaga or capture the flag.  We also go swimming and eat lunch and then play other sports in the afternoon.”

Megan:  Do you have any siblings?

Ben:   “Yeah, they are both in tennis camp.”

Megan:  So, what has Future Stars Camps taught you?

Ben:   “I learned how to ride at horseback riding, I learned how to play better in tennis, and I learned new ball techniques in soccer.”

Megan:  Do you have any counselors that you like a lot?

Ben:   “Yeah, I like Izzy, Francis, Adia, Natlia, and Melissa”


Megan: It was great talking with you Ben and I will see you around.


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Thoughts on Single Sport Specialization and Multi-Sport Participation

Mark Rerick, athletic director shared with the National Federation of State High School Associations his thoughts on:

Single sport specialization:

  1. Sometimes a push towards single sport specialization comes from adults and not the athlete.  Keep in mind that “less than seven percent of high school athletes move on to college sports (and only three percent earn an athletic scholarship)”.
  2. Often students that specialize can burn out sooner for varying reasons.  Specialization can also cause serious overuse injuries.  Over scheduling may also be a consequence and often impacts the quality of free time, if there is even time for other leisure activities.

Multi-sports participation:

  1. For the majority of athletes playing multi-sports gives them opportunities to explore and even excel in multiple sports.
  2. Playing multi-sports even for athletes interested in playing at the college level increases their cross-sports skill levels.


Read more:  The Importance of Multi-sport Participation

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