Learn about and study forensic science, conduct messy experiments, design and build structures that have speed and extreme acceleration...so many possibilities!
See the world of forensic science come to life! By studying age-appropriate crime scenes, campers will learn about fingerprinting, ink and fiber analysis, and will examine (fake) blood samples and other evidence. Participants will use deductive reasoning, observation, and recorded evidence to draw logical conclusions and solve crimes. Young investigators will realize the power of proper evidence and use detective vocabulary such as forensic, evidence, analysis, and eye-witness accounts. The program will also include on campus demonstrations from local police and detective units.
This week-long "hands-on, minds-on" program gives campers the freedom to imagine, design and build structures that have speed and extreme acceleration. Thinking like citizen scientists, we'll take a trip to the airport where we learn how planes work and fly. We'll fabricate rockets from scratch and blast them off to a height of 500ft! Using everyday materials, we'll also construct catapults and other devices to send marshmallows and other projectiles flying. Co-operative learning, designing, testing and healthy competition are all part of this session. Who knew that science could be so much?!
Come for days packed with activities and projects that will satisfy any young scientific mind! Learn the scientific method by designing your own living experiments and using deductive testing skills to identify mystery chemicals. Get an up-close view of molecules and other tiny things in our world with microscopes and other techniques. See how polymers and other weird substances are formed by making your own slime and bouncy balls. Find out what animals eat through observation and dissecting owl pellets. Explore the science behind food while making butter and ice cream. We'll create music and art by using the principles of sound and light, properties of matter, and plenty of exciting chemical reactions. This is real world science at its best!
Heather Offen graduated from Furman University (in SC) with a major in Biology and from the University of Georgia with a Masters in Science Education. She currently teaches science to 6th-7th graders at the Park School. There, she also coaches soccer, basketball and lacrosse. I love science because it helps us understand the world around us. It explains most everything from why we see to how our cars drive to why the we have earthquakes! Come and join in the Science fun with me this summer.
Megan studied psychology and Spanish at Colgate University and holds a masters degree in environmental science from Antioch University New England. She has worked as a science educator in traditional classroom and non-traditional settings for the past twelve years and currently teaches Grade IV and V science at the Park School. Megan tries to learn something new about the world every day and is passionate about sharing her curiosity and love of science with young people.