Science and Math
of the campers this week have
been here prior years and decided to come back for more science
In chemistry the campers
chromatography can be used to determine the kind of ink that was found
at a crime scene.
They used a microscope
materials and recorded their observations in a notebook
so that they could later use the information to help solve a crime.
They recorded and
Learned how to identify
different white powders.
The chemistry instructor
this year is
one of the camp alumni from many
In their astronomy class
students built a calculator that could be used to determine the time.
they knew what day it was and they and they had a view of the north
They also made a
could be used to study the composition of a light source.
Then constructed rockets
The astronomy instructor
alumnus of the camp as
The students learned
the effects extreme cold has on the physical, electrical, and chemical
properties of various materials.
page has some information about what they studied.
We also took
advantage of liquid nitrogen's properties to make ice cream ready to
serve in about 15
Another day they
coefficient of friction of some materials
found in a fast food restaurant.
Then recorded their measurements on a data
sheet and did some calculations to arrive at the result.
And determined the
viscosity of salad
dressing, hand soap,
ketchup and other liquids that you might find there.
measured the current drawn by a motor that was turning a cylinder in a
cup of each substance.
The more viscous it was, the harder it was
for the motor to turn it, and the more current was required.
They made "musical"
Built Cartesian divers
and modeling clay.
They really didn't
believe that two
eggs would support 4 or more of their classmates.
Add one more and this is the
The actual weight, in
supported in each
of the classes:
Orange 231.8, Yellow
249.3, Red 261.8, and Blue 269.0
Campers studied computer
and then applied it to puzzles.
They started out in a circle with
their arms crossed then tried to all get turned around without leaving
They then tried to explain what they did in simple steps.
This was an illustration of how programers must enter precise and
instructions on the computer if they are to accomplish their task.
They learned to use a
allowed them to create a composite drawing of a suspect.
One of the goals was to
picture of the Astronomy instructor.
Here are some of the
They enjoyed trying to
beat one of
the early computer games, Asteroids.
Owl pellets were
to determine just what the owl had eaten.
Most of the kids were
fascinated even if they were a little put off by just what they were
Can you determine blood
Well they know how after this class.
Remember the crime
well they considered how various weapons could be used
And what could be
the blood splatters that would be produced.
we had contests all day
I will add a picture of the crime scene when it is available
The goal is to write
down as many
words as you can think of using only
the letter combinations from the periodic table.
Build the highest
supporting tower using only 1 sheet of paper and tape.
Given a square of
build a boat that can carry the greatest number of marbles.
get points for
it Build it
One of your team members
description of a Lego block structure.
Then the others have to
matching structure with only that
description for guidance.
The eggs (entirely
raised up to 6.5 meters (21.3 ft.)
above the floor.
Then dropped into a
catch box that
the kids had built on their
The greater the drop and
catch box the higher the
The variety of designs was remarkable.
of the contestants, photographed as their eggs were falling.
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