Pre-Algebra + Advanced Hands-on Biology/Microbiology

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 its 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 and microbiology. Among other experiements and observations, we'll explore the microscopic life of pond water and delve into cellular reproduction, including both mitosis and meiosis, studying Zebra fish eggs from fertilization through cell division. We will also look into fermentation: how do organisms like yeasts and bacteria affect and create the foods we eat?  And what do these processes look like under the microscope? How can we manipulate and harness microbes for our benefit?  Students will perform experiments using the scientific method and create some edible (and inedible) products. If there's interest, we'll also do some comparative anatomy and dissection. 

Sign up using the links below.  You can also sign up for aftercare (3pm-6pm). You can sign up for the week ($100) or for a few days (you can let us know which days on your form, or closer to the date of the camp).

Grades: 
5th
6th
7th
8th
Prerequisites: 
Students should have learned computation with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
Cost: 
$350 (Scholarships available)
Time: 
9 am - 3 pm (Monday - Friday)
Sessions: 
Monday, July 5, 2021 to Friday, July 9, 2021