Da Vinci’s Speech and Debate Camp Goes on Trial

Counselors and students playing a game at the speech and debate camp Nicholas/ Vitruvian Post.

Counselors and students playing a game at the speech and debate camp Nicholas/ Vitruvian Post.

Nicholas and Phong

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Da Vinci Schools hosted a week long Speech and Debate for students from sixth to eighth grade from June 24th through June 28th, at Da Vinci Science (DVS) to teach valuable skills to students, as well as funding a club within the school.

The Da Vinci Science Speech and Debate camp focuses on teaching skills such as public speaking and critical thinking. Aiden, a student at DVS and a counselor of the Speech and Debate camp said, “Here at Speech and Debate camp, and we’re doing a trial for this week, we’re teaching them basically public speaking, and some basics of the law and just generally how to speak well.”

In the Speech and Debate camp, the campers are taught those skills in a mock trial. “It’s The Three Little Pigs. So basically on Friday, we’re gonna have a trial to see if the wolf is guilty of eating the three little pigs,” explained Aiden. The roles the students will play in the trial has already been chosen and they are currently working on questions for witnesses and their speeches.

The money made off of enrolment into the camps will be used to fund a club within DVS. Aiden said, “Debate Camp is run through Youth and Government, and I’m a part of that, so basically this is one thing we’re really good at, this is one of our bigger fundraisers.”

When asked why Speech and Debate is important, Aiden simply said, “Many times in your life, you have to argue a bit, to defend yourself, and get a point across, but also, it helps teach you about public speaking, which is very important, especially here at Da Vinci.”

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