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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.

 

 

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 as a way of exposing camp participants to a variety of STEM topics. This summer we are celebrating all things Katniss with the launch of our Panem Uprising: The Science of The Hunger Games camp! Our tributes spent the week learning about climate change, genetic engineering, outdoor survival and GPS- all as they relate to The Hunger Games. 

Summer camp is no place for Muggles! Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is educating the next generation of wizards in charms, herbology, potions and astronomy. Muggle Magic: The Science of Harry Potter explores the chemistry of troll boogers, magical plants of Hogwarts, the taste genetics of every flavor beans and the physics of Quidditch!

We have several upcoming camps that incorporate the magic of storybooks and chapter books for all ages. If you have a passionate reader that also enjoys exploring STEM subjects, check out these options for an awesome summer camp experience:

 

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 […]

Help Name Our New Blog!

It is with great enthusiasm we announce our new CU Science Discovery blog! Our blog will feature: Awesome highlights of all Science Discovery programs Ongoing information regarding camps, classes and other exciting programs Stories featuring cool CU science Issues surrounding STEM education Suggestions for science at home For our inaugural post, we would like to […]