enjoy college’s annual math, science camp
ALLISON R. MAY
week 90 seventh- and eighth-graders have been filling their days with
such as designing and launching rockets, building a crystal radio,
with magnets, having an Internet scavenger hunt, building spaghetti
and dissecting human organs.
from Pike and surrounding counties, are participating in the math and
associate professor of physics and director of the math and science
center, said that 100 fifth- and sixth-graders were in attendance at
same camp last week.
associated with the program since 1995.
at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. each afternoon.
||Chance Robertson, an eight-grader at Pikeville
with static electricity Monday afternoon at the math and science day
at Pikeville College
Photo for the News
express by Alan
at the camp are mostly retired educators or teachers from the local
Others are employed at Pikeville College or are senior science students
or medical students. Also, Arts said several high school students that
were once students in the program return to volunteer.
back into it as high school students because they had such an enjoyable
experience,” Arts said of the volunteers.
feels the program is very beneficial to both professors and students.
the program is to get kids to see that science and math isn’t something
they should be afraid of.”
in attendance yesterday definitely weren’t afraid of anything as they
desperately to continue both their egg drop activity and firing off
in the middle of a downpour of rain.
afraid of racking their brains to try to answer tough questions on the
program’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or competing
each other in the math/science Olympics.
High School seventh-graders Ann Francis, Christin Lavender, Brianna
and Chasity Compton said the best part of the week was still to come.
is visiting COSI — the Center of Science and Industry — in Columbus,
it’s the best,” one of the girls commented yesterday.
of the program, Arts said, is to break down gender stereotypes
with the subjects of math and science.
of the best experiences I have had — as a kid,” Lavender said.
a bigger respect for science,” Compton added.
of the costs for the program was picked up by the college’s math and
resource center. The only cost to students is a $30 fee.
significant amount of money,” Arts said. “But we try to keep the cost
the students down so that anyone is eligible. Thirty dollars covers
than half our costs.”
will conclude today.
accepted on a “first-come, first-served basis,” Arts said.
about the program and photographs of the students can be accessed
Arts’ Web site at http://campus.pc.edu/faculty/rarts/
and also from Alan
Web site that can be linked from the same address.