EASI Summer Science Camps now accepting applications
By Lexi Lee
Thatcher, AZ—The Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) is now accepting applications for the 2012 EASI Summer Science Camps being hosted by Eastern Arizona College.
The three Summer Science Camps are divided by grade levels and interests. Session one will be held from June 11-13, and is for students entering sixth and seventh grade. Session two will be held from June 18-20, and is for students entering eighth and ninth grade. Both sessions will meet at the EAC Discovery Park Campus. Session three will be held from June 25-29, and is for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This session will be held at EAC’s Math/Science Building.
Sessions one and two of camp will feature all new activities including fingerprinting skills, designing and operating your own robot, design engineering and building stable structures and rockets and shooting them off, discovering the amazing adaptations of the plants and animals in our area, chemistry experiments, creating and then cleaning up messes with point and non-point pollution demonstrations, and experimenting with the principals of physics to create ice cream. A full day will also be spent at either Roper Lake State Park or the Bonita Creek National Conservation Area conducting water tests, observing the native species found in these unique areas, and helping professional biologists do their work to protect these beautiful environments. Camp will close with a big pizza party while learning about the constellations. Campers will then go out under the night sky and observe celestial objects through telescopes from the EAC astronomy department and the Desert Skygazers Astronomy Club. “There’s a lot of fun and hands-on activities packed into these exciting three-day
camps”, says Paul Anger, EAC Discovery Park director and director of the EASI Summer Science Camps.
Session three’s theme is, The Chemistry of Copper Mining, and will focus on the entire process of using science to mine Copper. Students will be full-fledged scientists as they learn on-the-job procedures like identifying and recognizing the properties of copper-bearing minerals. The hands-on lab activities will include applying the “Leaching” process: obtaining copper found in rock by using only science and chemistry, and making it turn into a solution of liquid copper. Participants will then apply a process called “Solution Extraction” to separate the liquid copper and purify it.
“Best of all, on the final day, campers will take an all day, in-depth tour, not generally available to the public, of an actual copper mine and see everything they did in the lab, but on the grand scale of copper mining and production,” says Anger. “This is an amazing opportunity, don’t miss it!”
The EASI Summer Science Camps for students entering 6th through 9th grades (sessions one and two) have a registration fee of $35. The High School Camp (session three) has a registration fee of $50. The fees are due only after the student receives confirmation of acceptance to the Camp according to their specific grade.
All participants will receive a themed EASI Summer Science Camp T-shirt, a back pack with pencils and note book, ball cap, water bottles, a light breakfast and lunch during the day, and a “Pizza and Star Party” on Wednesday evening.
Camp applications are available through local schools and teachers, or can be obtained through email by contacting Paul Anger at: email@example.com. An important part of the application process is the completion of a one or two paragraph essay on the back of the application on, “Why is learning science and technology important for success in the future?” for 6th through 9th grade applicants, and “How is understanding the ‘science’ behind copper mining important for the future of our environment and our economy?” for high school students. The essays will be used to select the most interested students to fill the limited number of positions available to the camps each year.
The goal of the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative is to provide quality extracurricular activities in STEM education to the students of Eastern Arizona. “Realizing that we are in a rural setting, many of our students do not have the financial ability to pay for travel and entrance to the great science facilities in the metropolitan areas,” explains Anger. “We therefore decided to bring science education to them, along with a lot of hands-on opportunities and fun. Our presenters are school teachers or professionals who understand the value of keeping the activities interesting and fun. Join us for a great summer filled with science!”