Geering Up

For the most part, I try to put Cameron into big-action sports types of camps during the summer, with the idea that he spends all school year doing sit-down-quietly classroom work so it’s time to let him burn off some energy. A kid who is tired from running around outside all day is typically an overall happy  kid.  But I make a few exceptions. This year one of these exceptions is Geering Up, an engineering camp. Yes. I’m that mom. I put my kid in geek camp.

This was far from a sit-down-quietly kind of academic camp though. From the sounds of things, it was loud and busy and hands-on creating from drop-off to pick-up.

They learned about liquid chromatography, extracted iron from cornflakes, and made music with PVC pipes. Then it was a day of civil engineering, designing cities and dams (then breaking the dams and flooding the cities), and building towers with toothpicks and marshmallows. They explored the Earth and Ocean Sciences museums and learned about fossils. Jelly brains were dropped two stories to a concrete floor in the landing modules the kids designed (Cameron’s group’s survived the experience), they extracted DNA from strawberries. There was a day of robot building and programming, and they made goopy slimy stuff with borax and glue, then played ‘polymer tag’. And they explored the properties of bubbles outside on a sunny summer day.

Phew.

The kids were busy and excited, and kept engaged in science learning … and since they had fun, I don’t know about the other kids, but Cameron sure retained a lot.

He’s back to talking about being an engineer when he grows up. No surprises here!

If you’re in Vancouver and need a camp for your child, I hear there are a few spaces left. I highly recommend this one; so far it’s the best of all the camps he’s been to at UBC over the years. Cameron couldn’t wait to get there in the morning, and talked about it all evening long. He was so disappointed to learn that he won’t be going back to that camp until next summer.

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2 responses to “Geering Up

  1. Bug recently saw one of those star bubble blowers and wondered why the bubbles didn’t come out star shaped. My little non-scientific brain could not explain it in any way other than “Bubbles are just round.”

    • LOL, it has to do with surface tension. The liquid of the bubble’s ‘skin’ holds tightly to itself, pulling in like a weak elastic band. It is ‘trying’ to be as small as possible, just like an elastic snaps back small after you stretch it. Meanwhile there is air inside the bubble pushing out. A sphere is the shape that has the most volume (amount inside) with the smallest surface (skin outside).

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