Link Summer STEM Exploration Camps
Lab Rat Buffet (STEM, grades 4 & 5 June 29 – July 3
During this week, students will have the opportunity to spend extended time in Kopernik’s laboratories, delving deeply into topics in a variety of fields, including physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and forensics. Each day will focus on a different theme. Students will be challenged to discover, learn, and invent through experimentation and creativity.
Super Science Explorations (STEM, grades 1 & 2) July 13-17 (A) or July 20-24 (B)
In this introductory camp, children will learn about the habits of a scientist and about different fields of science through a variety of activities! Budding geologists will explore earth science by creating edible rocks and erupting volcanoes. Engineers of tomorrow will design spacecraft, and build and launch paper rockets. Young biologists will explore the surrounding flora and fauna as they hike Kopernik’s nature trail. Youthful astronomers will learn to focus and use a telescope as they look at nearby terrestrial objects.
Solar System Travels (Astronomy, grades 3& 4) July 20-24
During this week, students will journey through our solar system and learn about the different planets and moons. They will study Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and beyond using a variety of activities. They will construct models, analyze rocks and minerals, map a planet’s oceans, invent imaginary sea creatures that could live in Europa’s deep ocean, and mine for chocolate chips in a Mars cookie! Students also will interact with NASA scientists via Skype and will work with Kopernik’s NASA Solar System Ambassador to design their own solar system project.
Volcano Hunt(Earth Science, grades 5 & 6) July 27-31
In Volcano Hunt, students will do an in-depth study of the history of the Earth, hunt all over the world for the most exciting volcano eruptions, and reenact them in the lab. Activities include building a model comparing Earth’s Mauna Loa to Mars’ Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the Solar System. Students will use different techniques to simulate volcanoes in the lab, and learn about pressure and the earth’s tendency to change over time. Kopernik staff will take the students to a nearby creek to bring back samples of fossilized life from the Devonian Period (about 350 million years ago) and analyze the fossils in our lab.
May the Forest Be With You (Life Science, grades 4& 5) August 3-7
In this new camp, the first of a planned Life Science series, students will explore themes of Ecology. Topics will include life cycles of plants and honeybees, effects of pollution on the environment, recycling and renewable energy. Activities will include guided nature walks in the wooded areas surrounding Kopernik, analysis of food and material waste, art projects, guest speakers, experiments and other activities.
Zap, Bang, Beep(Engineering, grades 4 & 5) August 10-14
Students in this camp will use littleBit™ modules to create a wide range of electronic and mechanical projects. The innovative littleBits™ system uses interconnected modules which include servos, sensors, LED bar graphs, logic arrays and transducers, allowing the students to combine electronic and mechanical elements to create engaging devices. At the end of the week the students will design and build a project of their own.
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