HIGH POINT, N.C., June 19, 2019 – High Point University has nearly 100 community children on campus for the next two weeks to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
On Tuesday, they built a solar oven out of a pizza box, aluminum foil and cellophane to trap heat from the sun and toasted s’mores.
“This is probably my favorite activity because we get to eat the marshmallow after,” said Allie Davis, a camp participant. “But today is about energy, and I’m learning solar energy now. We’re trying to get the s’more to cook. When the sun reflects off of the foil, it makes the chocolate melt.”
Davis has been coming to HPU’s STEM Camp for four years and has made friends with the HPU students, who instruct each activity, and other participants.
“Science is fun already, but when you get to do it with other people, it makes it more fun,” said Davis. “I’ve enjoyed coming to STEM Camp with my friends.”
Other activities included students using Specdrums to touch different colors on anything they found. The tool senses the wavelengths of light reflected from each color. The students then programmed the color on an iPad to make a different sound so they could play and record their own songs.
“This is a lot of fun because it’s much different than teaching in a traditional classroom,” said Maleia Meadows, a graduate student at HPU. “The camp is a lot less structured, and the students are more engaged and ask a lot of questions.”
In today’s STEM Camp, participants will focus on optics. Students will solve an optics mystery using invisible ink, fluorescent paints, lasers and an infrared camera. They will apply what they learn about the properties of light to engineer their own kaleidoscopes and telescopes.
“STEM Camp offers students an opportunity to explore the different domains of science and engineering, focus and engage in a different way, and learn how to work as a team to complete tasks and find solutions,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, STEM coordinator in HPU’s Stout School of Education. “This year, the pharmacy, physician assistant, biology and gaming departments are also leading sessions with the students during camp. It is truly an HPU event.”
The camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HPU’s Stout School of Education. The camp concludes at 10 a.m. on June 27 at Cottrell Hall with a visit from a “Mad Scientist” from madscience.org and a rocket launch.