BBC Approves the Doctor Who at The Story School Educational Summer Camp

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The Story School has been given permission from the BBC to use the Doctor from the television series Doctor Who as a character in their educational summer camp.



The Doctor will be played by an actor with an education background who will engage the campers in a variety of science-related mysteries.

The BBC has graciously granted permission to The Story School, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to using stories to educate, the use of the character known as the Doctor in the Doctor Who television series, as a character in their educational summer camp. The character of the Doctor will be played by an actor with an education background who will engage the campers (known as “Heroes”) in a variety of science-related mysteries. These mysteries will help the heroes unravel the plot, fight monsters with foam swords, discover treasure, and learn while having fun.

The Story School, in Reading Massachusetts offers two educational summer camps that use creative education as an effective method for getting young children to think. They will be hosting two different summer camps in 2014, and are urging parents to enroll their children quickly as they are already nearing capacity for the next season. The first summer session is called Zombie Summer Camp, and the second is Wizards & Warriors Summer Camp. The interactive plots in both camps will be inspired by the Doctor Who series, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The Story School summer camp is similar to a role-playing computer game but it is actually a live, interactive, theatrical event with a story plot that changes depending on the decisions of the campers. Similar to Live Action Role Playing (LARP), except that the emphasis is on education with characters from real world literature, mythology, and media. The Story School summer camps also have teachers as counselors to make the stories and mysteries educational with lessons in science, literature, history, and other academic subjects.

Doctor Who is a science-fiction television series produced by the BBC and is the longest running science-fiction television show in the world. The show stars an alien humanoid known simple as the Doctor who is a “Time Lord” who travels throughout the universe and time in his sentient spaceship called TARDIS (acronym: Time and Relative Dimension in Space). Doctor Who also won the 2006 British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series and five consecutive (2005–2010) awards at the National Television Awards.

About The Story School

Founded in 2013 when Jeff Wegman and Meghan Gardner, of Guard Up Family Swordsmanship, joined forces with parents, teachers, and coaches to form the 501c3 nonprofit organization, The Story School. The Story School’s mission is to increase awareness of the benefits of story based learning through summer camps, events, and workshops. Their educational summer camps act as an opportunity for children to play the role of a hero while learning valuable life skills as well as academic lessons. The objective of each Story School summer camp is to help children learn and grown through live role-playing stories. These stories allow the students to choose their own adventures, leading to different outcomes, while being exposed to educational lessons and embracing the role of the hero.

The Story School is a licensed provider and funding recipient of Guard Up programs and summer camps. For more information about The Story School, Wizards & Warriors Summer Camp, Zombie Summer Camp, or the educational power of stories, please contact Meghan Gardner at (781) 270-4800.

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