Fraction/Decimal +Hands-on Science!
Most elementary school students master computation with whole numbers -- but many struggle with fractions and decimals. The processes are similar; the basic skills are the same. And yet, almost every middle school student we see at EdBoost needs to go back to 4th and 5th grade math material and relearn how to compute with fractions and decimals.
So, do two years worth of review in a week!
This camp spends its mornings focusing on the details of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions and decimals. When do you line up the decimal? When do you need a common denominator? When can you cross-cancel? How can you figure fraction and decimal problems as efficiently as possible? We will answer these questions and more! Students will do enough practice that they will find it hard to FORGET how to do these operations. And we'll throw in enough games and competition that the morning will fly by.
Then, we'll spend the afternoons exploring science. Each day, we'll do some physics: We start with magnets and build electo-magnets. Then, we build circuits, motors, motorized vehicles, our own batteries and our own lightbulb (from scratch! no kits or pre-fab materials!). This year, we're also going to throw h in some life science and chemistry too -- just to make sure that everyone gets to learn something totally new and do some hands-on experiements that they care about (we're still putting together the curriculum, but brine shrimp and a variety of chemical reactions are on the table). Students will finish each day with a much fuller understanding of how science works and how they can test their own scientific ideas and hypotheses using fairly common household materials.
And, they'll have the math skills they need to dream big about becoming engineers and scientists themselves!