Sci­ence cen­ter camp il­lu­mi­nates Fun in the Sun

More than 85 stu­dents ex­plore sci­ence dur­ing sum­mer break

Maryland Independent - - Front Page -

Peo­ple flocked to the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter this week to view the so­lar eclipse, but the cen­ter has been the host of fun and learn­ing through­out the sum­mer.

Stu­dents at the Fun in the Sun camp spent a week shed­ding light on how so­lar eclipses work, learn­ing about the sun’s en­ergy and study­ing the plan­ets of the so­lar sys­tem.

The James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter hosted four sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math (STEM) camps this sum­mer. More than 85 stu­dents in fourth through eighth grades par­tic­i­pated in four pro­grams of­fered this year. The week-long camps fo­cused on foren­sics and food sci­ence. There was an Ex­pe­di­tion Earth camp and the Fun in the Sun pro­gram.

It didn’t take much to en­tice Elias Brock, a Berry El­e­men­tary School fourth grader, to sign up. “I love en­gi­neer­ing,” he said in a news re­lease. “I love sci­ence and math.”

Nick Dee­ble, a North Point High School se­nior, worked as a coun­selor at the camp, help­ing set up ex­per­i­ments and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“STEM is the fu­ture,” he said, adding that stu­dents who start learn­ing and lov­ing STEM sub­jects early will go on to con­tinue to study them more in depth as they ad­vance in school.

For John Han­son Mid­dle School sixth grader Laila Man­ley the camp called to her.

“I love sci­ence and math,” she said. “A camp that re­volves around sci­ence is the per­fect fit for me. With­out sci­ence we pretty much wouldn’t be able to do any­thing.”

The Sci­ence Cen­ter and the Space Foun­da­tion will hold a plan­e­tar­ium sky show called, “Our Sky Tonight,” Mon­day, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in ad­di­tion to Fall Fun Day on Sept. 15 and Fall Fes­ti­val: Fea­tur­ing Spooky Sci­ence on Sept. 30. For more in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing events at the cen­ter, go to www.ccboe.com/sci­ence­cen­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Sher­rie Gib­ney, Dis­cov­ery Lab fa­cil­i­ta­tor at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter, left, and Zion McCoy, a fifth grader at St. Peter’s School, study how a so­lar eclipse works. The project was one of many high­lighted dur­ing the Fun in the Sun camp at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter.

Jay­den White, a fifth grader at Berry El­e­men­tary School, tests out his project dur­ing Fun in the Sun camp at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter.

Laila Man­ley, a sixth grader at John Han­son Mid­dle School, has an easy go of it dur­ing Pic­tionary at the Fun in the Sun STEM camp at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter. Her clue was “stars.”

Is­abella Brown, a sev­enth grader at Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School, works on her project il­lu­mi­nat­ing how a so­lar eclipse works. Brown and other area stu­dents at­tended the Fun in the Sun camp at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter.

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