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Welcome to the RSS Code BusThe role of Horizons Unlimited as an Education Center has adapted to meet the educational needs of our local community and neighboring counties for over 50 years. Horizons Unlimited's strength comes from remaining focused on providing educational support and enrichment opportunities to all learners so they can become empowered citizens.


Horizons Unlimited Summer Camp 2019


June 17-21 Time Warp Camp in partnership with the Rowan Museum (rising 3rd - 5th graders) explores Rowan County's early history. Students will visit historical properties in downtown Salisbury including the Utzman Chambers House, the Old English Cemetery, Freedman’s Cemetery and the Old Stone House near Granite Quarry. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience Colonial living through the following activities during the week-long camp:

  • Create a journal and practice writing with a quill
  • Locate historical burials and learn local stories of notable Salisburians
  • Learn how to shape and mold punched tin
  • Experience candle dipping, weaving fabrics and rugs, gardening, and outdoor cooking, 
  • Introduction to recognizing antiques and artifacts

Time: 8am - 2pm
Cost: $120.00

Contact the Rowan Museum to register - (704) 633-5946


June 17-20 Out and About with Mr. Neil Season 1 (Repeat)

Rising 1st and 2nd

Being outside and exploring the outdoors is the MOST FUN EVER! Kids will interact the outdoors and amazing critters in a safe, fun, and exciting environment. Trips to area ecosystems and a chance to be a “junior curator” of the museum at Horizons allow junior environmentalists to bring the museum to life for future visitors!

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $100.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


June 24 – 27 Creepers, Pikachu, and Harry Camp

Rising 3rd through 6th

Prepare to explore the three of the most famous fantasy worlds of the past decade. What makes these worlds and their unique characters a phenomenon? Join this camp and explore all three with fellow followers!

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $100.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


July 8-11 Space Camp

Celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Apollo moon landing with Space Camp!  Shoot rockets, build a robot rover, and solve problems on the way to Space.  The moon is our focus all week, but we will also be exploring current and future space missions.  Join us for a week of astronomy fun! 

Rising 4th through 6th

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $120.00

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004


July 8-11 SHS STEM Camp

July 15-18 SHS STEM Camp

July 22 – 25 SHS STEM Camp

Choose One or Two Weeks to attend

Focused on enriching experiences for students who are passionate about Science and Math. This camp allows them to dive deeper into topics and have rich experiences outside of the traditional classroom. The sessions are taught by local teachers and the camp structure allows them to branch out and teach a subject in which they have a personal interest.

Rising 6th– 9th

Register through Salisbury High School – (704)636-1221


July 8-12 Camp Invention at Horizons

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create.

Register online - https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention


July 29-Aug 1 Culinary Camp

Does your student love to cook?  This is the camp for you!  We will learn the basics of food safety, baking, knife skills, and planning meals all while having a BLAST. We will be working with the experts of Rowan-Salisbury Schools Food Service department and local restaurateurs who are leaders in the field of food service and hospitality.  Future chefs will be in the making! 

Rising 7th -10th

Time: 8am - 3pm
Cost: $120

Register through Horizons Unlimited – (704)639-3004

Remaining 2019 Programs School Groups

1st Grade

March 4 – April 12 

2/50 minute classes and a 20-minute planetarium show, no lunch needed

Art Viewing – Kyle Whisenant

1.G.2.1 Explain ways people change the environment (planting trees, recycling, cutting down trees, building homes, building streets, etc.).                                                                                                         

1.H.1.1 Explain how and why neighborhoods and communities change over time.                

Lesson: Step back in time to our 1848 one room schoolhouse and learn how art work can tell stories about our community.

StoryWalk/Nature Walk– Diane Folk

1.L1.1 - Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

1.L.1.2 - Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in NC or different places throughout the world. 

1.L.1.3 - Summarize the ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g. reuse or recycle projects to avoid littering)

1.L.2.1 - Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants (including air, water, nutrients, and light) for energy and growth.

1.L.2.2 - Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth. 

Lesson: Students will explore the nature trail to recognize and observe examples of the needs of plants and animals as well as how those needs can be met. Participate in activities demonstrating the importance of our basic needs and protecting the environment. Closed toe shoes, required and long pants suggested.  

Mice on the Moon -Planetarium Show

1.E 1.1 Recognize differences in the features of the day and night sky and apparent movement of objects across the sky as observed from Earth.

1.E 1.2 Recognize patterns of observable changes in the Moon’s appearance from day to day.

Lesson: Enjoy the original night sky and the planetarium show “Mice and the Moon”.  Pip and Chip use astronomy savvy robots to explore the moon and beyond. 


2nd Grade

March 4 – April

2/50 minute classes and planetarium experience, no lunch required


Community Helpers/Economics– Shannon Ellsworth

2.C&G.1.1 Explain government services and their value to the community (libraries, schools, parks, etc)

2.C&G.2.1: Exemplify characteristics of good citizenship through historical figures and everyday citizens

Lesson: Students will explore community helpers and ways that historical figures and everyday citizens exemplify good citizenship.

Weather and Measurement - in the Makerspace- Neil Pifer

2. E 1.2 Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe:

• Temperature                      • Wind direction                • Wind speed                        • Precipitation

2. E 1.3 Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year.

2. E 1.4 Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons.

Lesson: Using “magic” demonstrations in the planetarium, Mr. Neil will take you on a journey around the world and out to the solar system exploring the wonderful world of weather!


April 8 – May 29

HU Staff and RSS AIG Nurturing Team

Half Day Program, lunch required

The Horizons Unlimited and AIG Nurturing staff will provide hands-on, minds-on activities that offer opportunities for problem solving using manipulatives and robotics. Students will participate in Problem Based Learning experiences during their visit to Horizons Unlimited.

Sample Lessons

Going on a Bear Hunt

K.G.1.1 Use maps to locate places in the classroom, school and home.

K.G.1.2 Use globes and maps to locate land and water features.

K.G.1.3 Identify physical features (mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, roads, etc.). 

Lesson: Kindergarteners will explore geography skills based on the classic story, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.  Students will create a hands-on map and then head outdoors for a map skills adventure at Horizons Unlimited.  Students should wear closed-toe shoes for this 

In My Backyard: Planetarium show involving kinesthetic dancing, singing, and counting

K.CC.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.

K.CP.1 Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images.

K.P.1 Understand the positions and motions of objects and organisms observed in the environment 

K.P.1.1 Compare the relative position of various objects observed in the classroom and outside using position words such as: in front of, behind, between, on top of, under, above, below and beside.

K.P.1.2 Give examples of different ways objects and organisms move (to include falling to the ground when dropped):

• Straight                        

• Zigzag

• Round and round 

• Back and forth

5thGrade Optional Program (School Pay)

Ecology Field Study

Horizons Unlimited Nature Trail

Self-guided* Deciduous Forest and Woodland Swamp ecology study to support NC Science Essential Standard 5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem. 

Contact Kathryn Ender (Kathyrn.Ender@rss.k12.nc.us) to schedule your visit.

*If a guide is needed, please contact Diane Folk (Diane.Folk@rss.k12.nc.us) to schedule your visit there will be a $3.00 per student charge.

7th Grade

Coding Bus Visit

(All RSS Middle Schools*/Outside RSS call 704-639-3004 for scheduling and pricing)

 Kyle Whisenant kyle.whisneant.rss.k12.nc.us will be contacting each RSS middle school to arrange a visit from the new RSS Coding Bus. *The first visit from the bus is covered through Horizons Unlimited funding.

If you have a special request for the coding bus to make additional visits, please arrange these by contacting Amy Pruitt amy.pruitt@rss.k12.nc.us  or Kyle Whisenant kyle.whisenant@rss.k12.nc.usfor more information and availability.