In July, the Education Center of Rising Sun offered two STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) camps. These camps were based on the NASA IGNITE curriculum which was developed through NASA for afterschool and summer camps. The camp was designed to create a memorable and enjoyable learning experience and teach students how STEM is part of everyday life.
Students participating in the camps were: Ashley Bowne, Ella Eldrige, Max Bowne, Brady Russell, Jazmin Brittain, Caydence Morris, Caterina Russell and Chris Bowne.
Astrobiology was the first day of camp, where Instructor Matthew Adams lead the students in various activities and adventures answering questions about: What is a Scientist or an Astrobiologist?; What is the Drake equation?; Do Aliens exist?, What is living or not?; What does life need and where does life live? Students looked at our solar system and tried to determine whether life could exist in other places? It was a great day full of exploring, activities, questions and most of all fun!
Our second day was led by Instructor Sandra Bowlus. Mrs. Bowlus led the students in Survival – Food for Thought.
Students looked at food preparation, selection and planning and serving food in space. They also learned how NASA has improved food we eat and helped through technology to preserve foods.
Students also did activities with ripening foods, mold growth and a demonstration on germs. They were able to create menus and select balanced meals for astronauts. Again, lots of activities, eating, interaction and fun!
We could not have had these camps without some very great sponsors. We would like to thank the following for helping us begin the first of many STEM camps: Denver Siekman Education Program, OMI/Freshwave, City of Rising Sun and the Ohio County Community Foundation.
The Education Center of Rising Sun will be hosting more one-day STEM camps throughout the year for K-8th graders. Our next camps will be scheduled during the week of Oct. 13-17.
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