Summer Science Camp 101 for students entering grades 3-5 is being offered again this summer through Hood River Community Ed.
Instructor Jim Minick, of Lyle, has 15 years of classroom experience teaching science and math. This is his fifth Summer offering science workshops for young students.
There is a limit of 8 students per session. Each student uses their own 450x microscope, balance and other equipment. The small class size allows much personal attention and instuction. Each student is encouraged to participate in group discussion of scientific topics, the results of their work or personal stories they have of scientific phenomena.
Students will examine bones, sea shells, plants and rocks in detail using their own magnifier. They will learn how to recycle at home. They will collect insects and identify them using books showing local bugs. Students learn to use a triple beam balance and simple algebra to calculate the density of different materials using the "secret formula", D = M/V. Learning the metric system is part of this activity.
Exploring very big and very tiny numbers is included, along with topics in astronomy, chemisty and alternative energy. Demonstations of leverage, magnetism, and sound excite the students. Scientific method is discussed in detail.
"This is a perfect age for teaching science," says Minick. "The students get so excited to use their microscope, for example. The energy is contagious as they flock from one microscope to the next, as each child calls out about some cool thing they are seeing. During discussions there are multiple hands up at any one time, with students eagerly awaiting their turn to share ideas or experiences. It is very fun for me to be teaching at this level. These kids are the greatest."
The fee for camp is $90 for four afternoon sessions, Monday through Thursday, 2 to 5 p.m. Parents are encouraged to return 20 minutes early so their kids can become the teachers.
There is an additional $15 fee if the student wants to keep their scientific calculator, magnifier, and ruler.
The beginning dates for the four sessions are June 25, July 9, July 16 and July 23. Classes are held at Hood River Middle School.
Go to www.hrcommunityed.org, call 541-386-2055 or see page 40 of the Community Ed bulletin for more details and to register for Science Camp.