Pueblo Science aiming to enhance its charitable outreach offered its summer camp for free or at a subsidized cost to low-income families in Toronto from July 20 to August 7. Full scholarships were generously donated by Systems for Research, Prospect Scientific, Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, CUPE Local 3902 and IBM. More than twenty five percent of the 75 children attending the four-week camp were able to enjoy the financial assistance.
Attendees to the summer camp were exposed to fun and hands-on science activities covering various STEM topics. For example, concepts in electricity, robotics and programming were explored using lego robotics (mindstrom) and snap circuits, these activities were facilitated in collaboration with IBM, with IBM employees volunteering their time to work with our campers.
The science leaders camp was also introduced this year, catering to middle school children (grades 7-8). The program aims to provide hands-on learning experience doing scientific research and youth leadership training. Campers participate in a variety of engaging activities that developed their skills as scientists, leaders and teachers. They also had a unique opportunity to learn about advanced and innovative research at the University of Toronto including the nanofabrication clean room and an atomic force microscopy lab at the Department of Chemistry. After a week-long preparation of science experiments, the young leaders delivered their activities to teach younger students about important science concepts.
“This summer was truly an important stepping stone in our growth as we expand as well as enhance our science education outreach capacity in Toronto. The feedback we receive from both the campers and their parents is heart warming and encouraging, as they are all genuinely excited about coming to our camp, going home everyday with lots of new things to share” says Dr. Eisenstein, the camp director.
Pueblo Science is grateful to the volunteers who help facilitate the camp and to the donors.