Announcing 2013 Summer Science Camps for Kids

  • Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013

Madison, Wis. (February 26, 2013) – Because winter won’t last forever, Edgewood College is today inviting young scientists to look forward to warmer days where they’ll explore the fascinating fun of the natural world this summer. Eight science camps – each geared toward specific grade levels – will keep inquiring minds sharp when the weather warms up. But don’t delay just because it’s still wintry out there - registration for all camps is now open!

Why, mommy, why? Little People, Big Questions – This summer camp is designed for pre-school children (aged 3-5) to explore and investigate the world around them. Hands-on activities will engage you and your child with a different science topic each week, like Static Electricity, Color Mixing, What’s in Lake Wingra?, Circuits, Volcanoes, and Freezing Cold (Liquid Nitrogen).

Crafty Science - This is a class for kids who love science and art! Students – who will enter grades 1-3 in the fall of 2013 - will use both sides of their brains, and get their hands dirty, as they learn that science is an art, and there is art in science. We will discover how the two connect in nature. From rocks to rockets, and pinecones to polymers, we will have a blast with lab experiments, nature treks and craft projects.

Earth Encounters - During the week your young scientist - who will enter grades 1-3 in the fall of 2013 - will spend time with local scientists to sample a different science each day, including wildlife biology, geology, entomology, paleontology, and botany. Students will explore the natural environment using binoculars, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. We’ll take nature hikes to discover nearby ecosystems, hold GIANT arthropods, touch fossils, go on scavenger hunts, and make critter catchers, terrariums, and nature art to bring home.

Blood and Guts, Brains and Bones - Do you want to learn all of the cool facts of blood, guts, brains, and bones? Then this summer camp is for you! For one week, students (who will enter grades 3-5 in the fall of 2013) will get to explore and learn about each of these necessary body parts. Each day will be a fun-filled set of activities where we will focus on one of these exciting topics.

Science in 2 Languages: Exploring the Environment through the Lens of Science and Language -  An exciting, outdoor-based and hands-on bilingual summer science camp for students entering grades 4-6 in the fall. Come explore the wonders of Lake Wingra while using and expanding your Spanish! During our week together, we will be interacting with and appreciating Lake Wingra and the surrounding Edgewood Campus.

Introduction to Geocaching  - What could be more fun than using twelve billion dollars’ worth of military satellites to find Tupperware in the woods? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants – who will enter grades 5-8 in the fall -   navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. This five-day experience will introduce students to the excitement and fun of Geocaching.

Forensics - Are you a middle school student (entering grades 7-9 in fall 2013) who is interested in Bones and CSI? If the answer is “yes,” then this Forensic Camp is for you! Learn about and get a behind-the-scenes look at the field of forensic science. Through participatory research using written and digital media, field trips to the morgue, lectures and hands-on activities in the lab students will learn about the field of forensic science.

Molecules, Microbes, and Man: High School Pre-College Introduction to MicrobiologyIn the age of technology and information, we’re bombarded with words that describe the microscopic world. We hear ‘bacteria, DNA, and antibiotics,’ often on a daily basis. What do these words mean? In this workshop, students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2013 will attempt to uncover their own answers, and gain exposure to the biological sciences. Students will examine how DNA is integral to ‘forensics,’ the study of scientific evidence as it applies to criminal law. We’ll examine the world of bacteria, in particular bacteria from the soil that produce antibiotics. Since antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is a hot topic in the medical field, students will discuss the impact of antibiotic use and misuse. Finally, the last part of the course will be spent examining ‘normal flora’, the bacteria that naturally inhabit our bodies, as well as those bacteria that exist in the environment around us. Students will be amazed to discover the amount and differing kinds of bacteria that live on us and within us without causing us harm and in some cases, preventing us from harm.