Monday, June 9, 2008

Science Camp 2008

Today is the first day of Science Camp. I and some colleagues will be hosting about 25 junior high students for a week of sciencey fun and learning.

I chronicled what I did last year. It was fun, but a ton of work.

This year my two main topics are going to be polymers and food chemistry. I'll keep you posted and maybe post some pictures.


markmier said...

Ah, Don Herbert. We miss you.

Lycopodium FTW!

Chemgeek said...

...and he was a fellow Minnesotan!!!

(I love the total lack of safety glasses. Those were different times.)

Ψ*Ψ said...

Junior high kids are the youngest I can tolerate. I'm currently annoying my uncle (teaches 7th grade science) to let me talk to his class(es?) about cool sciencey things.

markmier said...

Right on, Ψ*Ψ! I remember in high school I was part of a club that would go around to 3rd graders classes and do chemistry demonstrations. It's been a while (about 15 years), but I remember:

making slime out of polyvinyl alcohol and borax

freezing a block of wood to the bottom of a beaker with ammonium thiocyanate (?) and... ummm... something else

mixing ethanol and water in a closed tube making a vacuum

Playing with various rubbery polymers (bouncy and dead "superballs", etc)

I would think that 7th grade would be getting to that insolent age -- 3rd graders are still "cool" to be interested in science.

But in any case, I commend you trying to go to schools to teach the wonders of science!

the indefatigable mjenks said...

Safety glasses hell. The kid should be wearing a cup, it seems.

Chemgeek said...

No kidding. especially with that posture.