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Kids Learn Math and Science at BC

Kids love bugs and frogs, getting outdoors and blowing up things, and Bluefield College is using those interests to teach local youth the marvels of math and science through a summer Math-Science Camp, June 25-29.

Chris Shoemaker

June 27, 2012

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Local kids prepare to launch a rocket as part of BC’s Math-Science Camp, one of many summer camp adventures scheduled at the college.

 

 

Part of the college’s summer camps and classes offered through its Fine Arts Community School, the weeklong Math-Science Camp is designed to introduce kids to the basics of math and science and maybe even more.

 

“We hope they develop not just an understanding, but an appreciation, a passion for math and science,” said Dr. Joe Saunders, a BC associate professor of chemistry who is teaching the Math-Science Camp.

 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday, the young scholars in grades three through seven have been studying basic algebra, biology, chemistry, measurements, conversions, and simple machines.

 

“We blew up a gummy bear!” said camper Christian Chumbley, an 11-year-old from Johnson City, Tennessee, visiting family in Bluefield. “That was the best! It was red when we put it in, but it came out black after we blew it up. It was cool.”

 

Using the wonders of math and science, they also created and launched rockets and turned copper pennies into silver and gold.

 

“I enjoyed watching the rockets,” said David Compton, a nine-year-old from Cedar Bluff, Virginia. “We made them ourselves, and I was worried that mine wouldn’t launch, but it did. It looked like it went the highest of all.”

 

The campers used science and chemicals to launch the rockets and math and measurements to determine the height of the missiles. During other projects, they grew germs, mixed chemicals, watched acid reactions, studied DNA extractions, and dissected a frog.

 

“When we dissected the frogs, I learned that they have organs that are different colors and in different places than ours,” said Max Toney, a nine-year-old camper from Bluefield, West Virginia. “It was neat.”

 

As part of the Math-Science Camp, the local children also explored plants and photosynthesis and examined insects, butterflies and animal behavior.

 

“I think this camp is awesome!” said nine-year-old Christian Yates from Bluefield, Virginia. “It’s the best thing ever. You get to learn stuff you’ve never learned before. It’s so cool.”

 

Like all Bluefield College Fine Arts Community School (FACS) offerings, the summer Math-Science Camp is designed to give area kids the opportunity to explore and study the arts with guidance from mentors who have appropriate training and experience.

 

In fact, the Math-Science Camp is just one of several summer fine arts adventures scheduled by the college for youth in the community. Other offerings this summer include a Fine Arts Camp for music, art and theatre (July 9-13), a Preschool Fine Arts Camp for music, art and theatre (July 9-13), an Adventure Biology Camp (July 16-20), and private music lessons (times TBD).

 

For more information about Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School and its summer camps and classes, including family discounts, payment plans and registration fees, contact the FACS office by phone at 800-872-0175 (x4246) or 276-326-4246, or visit the Bluefield College web site at bluefield.edu/camp.

 

 

 

 

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