P664: Summer science camp for elementary students: What did they learn and what did we learn?

Author: Sheryl A. Mason and Scott S. Mason, University of Mount Union, USA

Co-Author: Emily Wagner, Marlington High School, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

For eight consecutive summers, we have offered a one-week, three-hour a day science camp for students entering grades 4-6. Our original intent was to enable these elementary students to be involved in hands-on experiments allowing them to see the scientific method in practice in a “real” science laboratory. The students have met and surpassed our expectations. We have seen an amazing ability of the students to absorb material, to accomplish tasks and to develop laboratory skills. We have also learned the various pitfalls and issues which are associated with holding this type of camp. We will share our experiences on delivering a successful summer science camp.