Explore the outdoors, do science at MU day camp

Step away from the computer, put down the video games, lace up your shoes and get some fresh air this summer. Register for Science Camp at the North Manchester campus of Manchester University and get experimenting.

During this three-day camp for kids in grades 4-6, students will get outside and discover the ecosystems surrounding the University, with the help of Koinonia Education Coordinator Melinda Sweeten.

The Eel River, flowing through Manchester University’s backyard, is an excellent place for young scientists to begin exploring. Students will learn about life in the stream and about stream water quality. Other sessions will explore the magic of chemistry and the processes of the human body.

After the first day of camp on campus, students will travel 12 miles north to Koinonia, Manchester University's 100-acre biological field station, where they will learn about bird banding – the process of placing a small band around a bird’s leg in order to collect data about migration patterns – life-span, population growth and more.

It doesn’t end there; students will also get to explore the many ecosystems within Koinonia. They will study fisheries and get a chance to try out their fishing skills, and learn about aerospace and engineering by designing and launching their own bottle rockets. They will also learn how to identify plants and what many uses wild plants have.

Professionals in these fields will provide demonstrations to teach students about the expansive world of environmental science.

Take a break from technology this summer and become a scientist at Manchester University. 

It is June 29 to July 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Manchester University Science Center.

The cost is $65 per camper, T-shirt included.

Register by June 23.

June 15, 2015

Prepared by Emily Barrand, media relations student intern.

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