ScienceBoost! Hands-on Science
Science is fun and messy and fascinating, and it's perfect for summer.
In this camp, students entering first and second grade will have a chance to put their budding observation, reading, writing, and math skills to work as they explore a wide-variety of hands-on science projects, demonstrations, and experiments, and keep their own lab notebooks to note their hypotheses, and record their observations and results.
We will use the scientific method to explore:
Biology: What affects seed germination? What affects plant and mold growth? What affects brine shrimp hatching and growth?
Chemistry: What is PH and how can you test it? What is a polymer and what makes different types of gaks and slimes different? What is a crystal and what affects crystal formation?
Physics: What is force? How do magnetic forces work? How does electricity work and how can you build a circuit and make machines run with electricity? What are simple machines and how can you build them and use them to make your life easier?
Each day of camp will involve tracking and making observations of on-going projects (seed, shrimp, and crystal growth), using scientific tools and techniques to observe changes (microscopes, scales, magnifiers, litmus paper), and learning new concepts and then using those concepts to perform their own science experiments or build their own scientific creations.
This class is designed to get students excited about science and to teach them that science, done properly, requires thought, observation, patience, and perseverance.
We expect every child to leave each day of class with all kinds of new insights and facts to share with family and friends!