Dynamic new programs receive high level of interest
The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a pair of week-long summer science day camps for middle school youths during July and August on the HWS campus. Interest in the new programs was so high that the enrollment is already filled, weeks ahead of opening day.
The exciting “Water Worlds camp, which runs from July 9 to 13, offers participants a chance to explore the water resources of the Finger Lakes region, go on field trips to nature preserves and use the FLI’s facilities on – and in – Seneca Lake to gain hands-on science experience. Campers will also get the opportunity to meet professionals and research scientists who work to protect the Finger Lakes environment.
In August, the camp “What’s a Botanist to Do? will encourage students to explore the natural world through meetings with botanists from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Cornell University’s Technology Park. Participants will also get hands-on experience learning to use the Global Positioning System for mapping, identifying plant life in the region and to record notes in their own field journals.
Each session of Science in Action camp will run concurrently with the Kids College camp, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Science in Action campers will participate in Kids College activities, including lunch in the Scandling Center and swimming.
The program is sponsored in part by Finger Lakes Wired, a science and technology initiative that connects youth to real life applications in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Organizers encourage interested parents to enroll early next year in order to secure one of the spots. Although this summer’s sessions are filled, interested parents may visit the program’s Web site for further information.