Integrated Science – Day 5
Today was the last day of the Integrated Science program. All of the students are enjoying it and seem sad that it’s over! The students spent the morning doing a specific heat of a metal lab and presenting their research posters to their classmates. There were some great questions and discussion! During free time, some of the students signed each other’s Integrated Science T-shirts. In the afternoon they finished up presentations. The week concluded with a presentation to parents on all of the great work from the week! A big shout out of thanks to our program sponsors who helped make this week possible: Nicor Gas, Pentair, and the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education!
Game Day STEM – Race Day
The day has finally come! Our game day engineers have been working hard all week long to build a model mechanical swimmer that can outperform all others! After days of designing, troubleshooting, and testing, these mechanical swimmers were put to the ultimate test – a race against another team’s mechanical swimmer!
Ask your camper: What was the primary difference between the movement of the swimmer in air, compared to water? (resistance was higher in water, so the swimmer needed to overcome that in order to move in water)
Chemapalooza – Ooey Gooey
There was a lot of ooey gooey goodness to end off our fantastic week of chemistry camp today! Today, our chemical engineers put their polymer knowledge to good use by mixing up a batch of bouncy balls according to an “industry-secret” recipe. They then evaluated the effectiveness of their bouncy balls by measuring & calculating their average bounce heights.
Thank you for an amazing week, campers! I had a blast with all of you and hope to see you again soon. Have a great rest of your summer and an excellent school year! ❤ Megan
Ask your camper: What was the average bounce height his/her bouncy ball achieved? (What can be done to make the product even better?)