Science in Motion
A middle school math and science camp has potential for greatly changing attitudes
and outcomes not only for those who participate, but also for any who associate themselves
with those participants – i.e., their middle school classmates and teachers. To tap
into that potential, we believe that the camp should define and recognize the needs
and goals of 3 important constituencies – student participants, their parents, and
the camp instructors. In particular, the activities and ideas in this proposal address
the collective goals and desires of the parents, as they will play a key role in the
success of the camp without ever being directly involved in camp activities themselves.
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Jump, Hop, and Soar
For each of the activities, there will be an introductory lecture which will be brief to allow as much hands-on time as possible. We will also provide reference hand-outs of the necessary information. Many activities will generate data which will be analyzed and graphed.
The activities involve both simple observations and laboratory experiments. The jumping
and flying motions of animals will be observed qualitatively in the field. Laboratory
experiments to measure the aspects of jumping will be carried out with insects and
humans (the student participants). For flight experiments, students will construct
various wing types and measure their performance in the laboratory.
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Chemistry activities of the program
Dr. Ning-Feng (Peter) Zhao
The inquiry of science
Goal: Introduction of science, scientific inquiry and skills needed to conduct scientific inquiry.
Background : What is science, why do we need science, and how is science investigation conducted in our world? How is it related to the way we learn science? All these are interesting yet ambiguous questions. Students are normally not clear about the definition of natural science and the scientific inquiry. Guided by the instructor students will experience the complete inquiry process through the live examples.
Objective: After introduction on science and scientific inquiry, students will design
and model the procedures of full inquiry investigations on a few hands-on activities
including "Dancing Spahetti" and "Dead Trees".
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