This year at camp the kids programmed a virtual buddy, studied encryption and learned about Shockwave and Flash in the computer class. In biology they looked into logic, ESP, and the common cold then dissected a squid and starfish. Chemistry included making slime, investigating the chemistry of photography, and making and testing toothpaste. Sundials, Area 51 and stomp rockets were the subjects of the astronomy classes. In physics they looked at the properties of light and some other photons. Then they built a pinhole camera from a shoe box and on Wednesday used it to take a picture that they developed.
Here are the class pictures
To properly see them you
need to look through a red filter over your left eye and a blue filter
over your right. The Kids made their viewers by using a thin
of plastic that they colored with broad tip markers. To get
3D picture we needed two separate pictures, one showing what the left
would see and one showing the right eye's view. These were
to make the picture that you see here. When you look through
filters each eye sees only one of the views and your brain combines
into one 3D image.
Building the box cameras.
Programming the computers.
Getting the cameras ready to load the film. Ready to make the exposure. Be sure to hold the camera steady.
Two of the resulting pictures. As you can see they are negatives.
Contests this year included aeronautics, straw strongarm, toothpick and marshmallow tower, stomp rockets and the naked egg drop. In the egg drop contest the students built catching systems which they hoped would allow an egg dropped from the gym ceiling (about 7.5 meters high) to survive. There were many imaginative solutions. A box covered with duct tape (sticky side up), one filled with grass clippings, and one that had vermiculite insulation all did very well.
Another important event -- lunch.
Trip to the Zoo
It was a great day at the zoo. Eating, drinking, and buying souvenirs were primary goals for the day. They weren't sure how to react to the case full of giant cockroaches crawling about.
Robert Arts, the program director.
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