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.

6 comments:

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.