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Roddickton-Bide Arm hosts 10th annual science camp


Showing that science is all around you

RODDICKTON-BIDE ARM, N.L.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

CANADA

Roddickton-Bide Arm’s 10th annual Science Camp for children was held last week and it remains the only town throughout the province to host one.

Every year, the town invites instructors from the Let’s Talk Science program to educate children about science.

This year’s program was held from Aug. 13–17 at the Gerry Byrne Room in the town arena.

It was offered to children aged four to 13.

Memorial University pharmacy students Melissa Kieley and Jeremy Key were this year’s instructors. This was Kieley’s third year hosting the program while it was the first time for Key.

Kieley says Let’s Talk Science doesn’t hold a science camp anywhere else throughout the province.

The purpose of the camp is to show the children the various and sundry ways the laws of science exist all around them.

Each day had a different theme. The first four days focused on Physics, Biology and Pharmacy, Earth, and Chemistry.

The team always ensures to make it fun for the children.

“For chemistry day we did (chemical) reactions,” said Kieley. “Like elephant’s toothpaste, where you put in a bunch of different things and it shoots out of a tube.”

Children also made different items to take home with them. For physics day, they made simple machines that appear at a playground, including slides (an inclined plane), seesaws (lever) and a merry-go-round (axle).

“Just kinda showing them that science is all around,” said Kieley. “Like you wouldn’t think that science is on a playground, but of course it was.”

They also made models of hands, DNA strands and kaleidoscopes amongst other fun things.

For the final day, the children investigated a mock crime scene. In the scenario, they had to conduct scientific tests to determine who stole ingredients for ice cream.

And at the end, the participants got to enjoy the fruits of their labour by making ice cream themselves.

Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald feels that the annual camp has become a highlight for children during the summer months.

“Kids are asking for it, the parents are asking for it, and the community is asking for it,” she said.

The mayor also feels it helps educate the children and opens up another academic avenue for them.

“We have people that go on to do great things from little towns like us, all because of these opportunities,” said Fitzgerald. “This is an opportunity for them to see that science can be fun and maybe someday later on they’ll grow up and want to do something with science all because they had the opportunity to attend science camp as a little kid.”

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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