Full STEM Ahead

Engaging Girls in STEM

Two of the most powerful determinants of whether or not a female pursues a career in the sciences is whether or not the proper educational groundwork has been laid for a successful path and whether anyone encourages her along the way. Here at Science Discovery we are passionate about encouraging girls to break out of common stereotypes and explore topics that are unfamiliar to them. We make every effort to offer diverse camps for students of all ages in order to get them hooked on science, technology, engineering and math as soon as possible in their educational careers. This year we developed a suite of nine Girls in STEM summer camps. Here are just a few highlights of the girls getting involved in a variety of STEM projects:

Coding apps in There’s an App for That!

 

Testing acids and bases in Chemistry Lab.

Observing her bugs in EcoExplorers.

Discussing her research in Life in Ponds and Streams.

 

Learning about the properties of popcorn in Science Chefs.

 

Filming a segment in iMovie.

 

Showing off her unicorn mask in Mythical Creatures.

 

Handling a snake in Hands-On Herpetology.

 

Science Discovery Joins the Maker Movement!

Science Discovery is joining the maker revolution! As you may know, the recent ‘maker movement’ has been labeled the new industrial revolution. At the heart of the movement are ‘maker spaces’ that allow for tinkering, creativity, collaboration and innovation. This week we celebrate the launch of our first-ever Maker Space summer camp! Instructor, Brian Jernigan, is leading campers through the engineering design process as they work to solve a variety of problems.

Getting prepped for a rousing round of balloon jousting.

 

Making a few adjustments as they work through the testing phase.

 

Applying the finishing touches to her balloon joust.

 

Nothing scientific here- just a narwhal having fun!

 

Mr. Brian instructs a student on the proper way to cut her materials.

 

Following the steps of the engineering design process.

 

Building an accurate representation of the box they designed themselves.

 

Upward Bound Explores the World of Waves

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting a group of 52 Upward Bound students from southwest Colorado and New Mexico. Upward Bound is a program that provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree, and low-income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Our visitors were invited to join us for a presentation of our World of Waves STEM Workshop. They spent the morning exploring electromagnetic waves, the roles of waves in the human body and how waves help us understand Earth systems.

Listening to how sound travels through different media.

 

Observing the electromagnetic spectrum using diffraction grading and different filters.

 

Seeing the world through a night vision camera.

 

Marshmallows help us demonstrate air pressure.

 

Testing the capabilities of fiber optics.

 

Checking blood oxygen levels with pulse oximeters.

 

Creating waves in water.

 

Learning wave properties such as amplitude and frequency as demonstrated by a slinky.

Literature Inspires STEM Involvement

Is has been said that reading is the centerpiece of intellectual development in all disciplines. Educational researchers are continuously looking for ways to integrate science with language and literacy skills, so as to increase involvement of students in STEM fields. Our instructors occasionally incorporate storybooks, elementary chapter books and young adult fiction into our curriculum [...]

Get Outdoors with Science Discovery!

Last Saturday was National Get Outdoors Day, a nation-wide initiative that aligns with the first lady’s “Let’s Move Outside” campaign to eliminate childhood obesity. We try to make the most out of our temperate Colorado weather during the spring and summer months. Our campers frequently enjoy outdoor breaks and activities leading to smiles in the [...]