Pueblo Science’s second annual Summer Science Camp was held from August 12 to 23 with 26 students engaging in hands-on activities to learn the science behind some of their favourite experiments. Held in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, the camp is a unique program specially designed for children in grades 3 to 6. Each day the participants enjoyed several one-hour long experiments that demonstrate concepts in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. The event also allowed the students to visit state-of-the-art research facilities at U of T, including Electrical Engineering’s anechoic chamber, Prof. Greg Scholes’ algae lab in the Dept. of Chemistry, the Holography Lab at the IOS, and U of T’s main Data Center. This year the campers built their own hoover path games, created hot air balloons, manufactured bouncy balls and slime, tested enzymes, discovered chef’s secrets for making fake caviar, played with non-Newtonian fluids, and made liquid nitrogen ice cream!
“The camp provides a great opportunity for students in elementary school to have fun while learning science” says Andrea Nagy, a volunteer instructor at the summer camp and a researcher in the Department of Chemistry. “We aim to engage the children in science through active, hands-on experiments”. Judging by the feedback from happy campers and pleased parents, the Summer Science Camp was a resounding success.