What does it mean to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle?
In Ecology campers will experience the process of using items to reduce their imprint on the Earth. Campers will also be using an engineering design process to create a useful product related to their lives.
In this class campers will join in the excitement of catching critters that live in the stream. They will take part in designing their own watershed communities and then put their designs to the “test” and observe and discuss the outcomes. Then the campers will engage in a competition to develop a water purification device that will “cleanse” dirty or polluted water and test their results. Finally, campers will put their skills to work by dissecting preserved crayfish.
Students will build tetrahedral kites. The models will then be combined to make a larger tetrahedron, and students will compare the ratio of the edge, area, and volume to the models to help understand scaling factors. Students will also use ratios and proportions to change a recipe to serve more or less people, and then they will make the recipe for their fellow campers!
Come and join in the fun with Physics of Motion. Campers will see the relationship between mass, acceleration and force while experimenting with Newton’s Laws of Motion in a STREAM project. Campers will also be measuring distance, velocity and acceleration using technology.
Students will be studying the solar system, especially the stars, moon, and planets. The power and impact of the phases of the moon and the seasons are predicted and illustrated. Observations of the surfaces on the moon and planets are used in engineering design models of rovers and landing vehicles. Students will collect data, organize, and analyze data to generate questions and conclusions by using Astrolabes, Spectroscopes, telescopes, and other tools of the field.
Students will study the Periodic Table where they will learn about atoms, elements, molecules and compounds. Then they will actually learn about the Chemistry of Make-Up. Campers will make and test different lip balms, make a variety of make-up items with household ingredients.
What does the future hold for you? Come and discover one possibility that math and science can offer! Travel ahead in time and earn money for your work as an engineer! You will work with a research and development team in design and construction by using principles of physics and economics to create and test the structural integrity of a bridge. Do you like to shop? See how credit spending works in the real world! You will also research percentages of men and women in careers and discover how math and science can open a world of opportunities for young women like you!
At the pond, you will be a Limnologist. Your job for the day will be to decide if the pond at Muskingum University is healthy. You will conduct several chemical tests plus collect, observe, and identify macro-invertebrates. You will analyze your data and draw your conclusions as to the health of the Muskingum University’s Pond. Looking at critters of the pond and researching, you will discover how they change and adapt over time.
Each year, various women in the STEM field come to camp to present to the girls about their profession. Many women also bring along a STEM activity the girls can participate in, to learn more about what the professional woman does in her career. In 2023, the girls learned about giving back to the community, amphibians and reptiles, spiders, wolves, and women in the STEM field.
Girls gave back to our community by:
Nicole Hafer, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, brought a variety of reptiles and amphibians to introduce to the girls. She also lead an activity that simulated sampling of wildlife in different eco-systems.
Dr. Sara Rose, an arachnologist, spoke with the girls about different species of spiders and all the benefits of spiders. The girls then went on a spider hunt, to collect different species to be identified by Dr. Rose. The girls even found a rare species that Dr. Rose later wrote a post about on her social media.
The Ohio Canid Center brought a beautiful wolf, by the name of Lucian, and spoke to the girls about:
The last evening of the week is always FAMILY NIGHT. The girls listened to a previous teacher with Be WISE Camp, Rush Rogers, about the different hats, we as women, must wear throughout our lives. The girls then participated in a gallery walk where they were able to present and learn about the different women in STEM fields, which their family was named after, and researched throughout the week. Eighth grade girls also learned about the opportunity to come back to camp as a CIT (counselor in training).