Pre-Algebra + Hands-on Biology
As the school system has come to focus more and more on algebra and advanced math, pre-algebra has tended to get less attention. And yet, it's pre-algebra, with it's percents, rates, ratios, probability, and proportions that we are most likely to use in a real life! Who has not had a compare interest rates, calculate a sale price, figure out the time it will take to complete a task, or adjust a recipe to accomodate more or fewer servings? This camp focuses on the pre-algebra skills that many of us use daily - and that still appear on the SAT and ACT. We will spend our mornings, working through pre-algebra probems, learning techniques and strategies for a tackling a wide range of real-life problems.
In the afternoons, we will focus on biology. We'll be getting our hands dirty this year, doing some dissection (this year's camp is not for the squeamish!). We're also going to bust out the microscopes and work with some cool cultures, including planeria (those amazing worms that regenerate!). This class is going to be amazing for anyone who can't look away from the slightly gory or bizarre. Students will get experience using lab notebooks, writing up observations, and tracking biological change, growth, and organization. Budget cuts mean that a lot of in-school biology relies on bookwork. This camp will make that bookwork come alive (or dead) with real-life experiements and experiences.