to Adventures in Chemistry! During this three-day camp, students grades 1-3
will get the opportunity to explore the sciences through various small scale
instructor supervised experiments. These experiments include making silly
putty, discovering the harmful effects of oil spills, exploring static
electricity and the Van de Graff generator, making our very own ice cream from
liquid nitrogen, and many more exciting activities!
this week kids explore numerous types of introductory sciences including but
not limited to anatomy, ecology, physics, and engineering. Children build
miniature scale greenhouses to look at the effects of greenhouse gases. Campers
get to experience how smell affects the taste of food. (Food allergies will be
taken into consideration: no nuts or nut-based products will be used. It will
be mainly fruits and vegetables.) Weather pending, children may collect macro
invertebrates from a small stream on campus. For a day or two, kids work in the
engineering field on several small projects known as build-it-better. It is a
fun-filled, thought-provoking week to get boys and girls alike interested in
camp set out to show young ones the science that surrounds their daily life, leading
girls and boys through lessons that they are reminded of everyday. During the
camp kids begin to understand what it means to be an engineer, an astronaut, a
biologist and more. Over the course of the camp, well thought-out projects,
examples, games and lessons cover the science behind the phases of water, water
quality, gravity, geology, solar energy, bridges, how soap works, plant life,
bugs, cooking and much more!
In this camp children learn how to use various computer programs to create 3D object. By the end of the camp, children will bring their creations to life using 3D printers. During our camp children will discover that the only limit to what can be printed is the limit of imagination.
Children enrolled in the energy camp will explore the many ways in which energy impacts their daily lives. Participants will learn how energy is used in transportation, heating, and in generating electricity. A focus will be given to sources of energy used in western Pennsylvania. Students will discuss energy's benefits as well as the effects that it can have on human health and the environment. Hands-on activities will include a solar heating experiment, experimentation with model wind turbines, an energy scavenger hunt and more. Students will come away with a better understanding of the amazing power or energy.
In this camp we will go over basic concepts in chemistry. First a foremost we will use the scientific method for every experiment we conduct. We will also go over concepts like gas laws and rates of reactions. There will be a good bit of learning during this camp but there will be just as much fun and entertainment too.
During the hands-on STEM K’NEX camp students in grades 4-6 will build K’NEX catapults, K’NEX bridges, K’NEX wind powered cars, the tallest K’NEX tower that can hold the most amount of weight and finally a Rube Goldberg K’NEX contraption. This camp gives the students hands experience and helps students to find out why things happen to get them interested in STEM and hopefully get them to explore STEM fields in their future.
In this camp we will investigate nature at both microscopic and macroscopic scales. On Day 1, students will learn about biological scales of organization and will become familiar with the use of the microscope by viewing common objects/organisms at microscopic scales. On Day 2, the students will investigate aquatic invertebrate community structure and food web relationships at Lake Saint Francis. Samples will be taken at the lake and analyzed in the lab using microscopes and other lab tools. Finally, on Day 3 the students will hike the Saint Francis Watershed Trail and learn about watersheds, ecological succession, and ecosystem function. Students will leave the camp with an understanding of how living organisms at all levels of biological organization interact, and will look at nature from a brand new perspective.
How fast is the Flash? How strong is Superman? How can a villain who controls magnetism defeat the X-men? This new four-day course explains the real science behind the super powers of your favorite comic heroes using basic math and science principles/experiments.
In this camp, students learn constellations, stars and the nature of light. The campers progress from discovering why we see rainbows, a blue sky, and green grass to figuring out the chemical composition of distant stars. Among the activities offered in this camp, students conduct experiments to investigate fundamental properties of light, conduct solar observations of the sun, compare the sun to other stars, and discuss solar activity and its effect on our everyday life on Earth. This camp is designed to introduce children to a wide range of concepts and laws in astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth sciences.
This camp is designed for all students who are preparing for high school and are curious about the "water-world" around them: this camp provides children with an in-depth look and appreciation for the water they drink, swim in, flush and canoe down. In the camp students learn about the quality of water, the common and innovative processes water goes through, the natural and geographical behavior of water. Students take field trips to learn of local water systems and treatment. These young scientists can potentially understand what their future careers could hold through this camp with introductions to the fields of environmental engineering, chemistry, physics and microbiology.
In this camp students will gain experience in modeling 3D objects using Tinkercad, Autodesk 123D, Sculptris, and Meshmixer computer software. By the end of the camp, students will bring their creations to life using 3D printers. During our camp students will discover that the only limit to what can be printed is the limit of imagination.
Saint Francis University's youth camps are designed for school children in grades 1 through 10. These camps introduce children to several branches of science: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental engineering, and physics. In each camp, children become scientists who are critically observe the surrounding environment, pose scientific questions, conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and draw their own conclusions. Each camp includes daily (weather permitting) outside activities: field trips, short hikes, games, and physical exercises.
Download the complete Kids' College schedule of events here.
Space is limited. Registrations are accepted until the chosen camp's start date.
Complete the online registration form (by clicking "register here" above) to register your child for one of Summer Science Youth Camps listed above. Print the confirmation email and mail it (if time permitting) with your payment. Alternatively, you can bring the completed form and the payment to the first day of the camp. Checks can be made payable to Saint Francis University. We do not accept credit cards at this time. Mail your registration form and payment to:
SFU Science Outreach CenterSummer Science Youth Camps117 Evergreen DriveLoretto, PA 15940
Contact us at
ScienceOutreach@francis.edu or by calling 814.472.3878.
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