The Worcester Academy Science camp is designed to excite, engage and motivate young people interested in science. The camp allows children to explore how science helps solve problems in real world context. Each day Design Teams will be given a new Design Challenge to solve. Using both the Engineering Design Cycle and a Design Thinking approach, participants will ideate, build, test, and iterate solutions to these novel problems.
Sample design challenges might include:
How might we construct a tower that can withstand hurricane-like conditions?
How might we create an environment to keep reptile eggs alive in transit?
How might we clean up an aquatic ecosystem after an oil spill?
Participants will tackle these Design Challenges in the newly renovated Kingsley Laboratory building. Each Design Challenge will be structured in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) format in which participants will (1) learn about the science behind their challenge, (2) apply the science through the design of a solution, (3) test their design through the collection of data and feedback, (4) re-design using test results and feedback, and (5) explain the scientific reasoning behind their solution(s). The camp will conclude with participants returning to their favorite Design Challenge to present in a symposium where learners will share with family and friends.
About the Director
Kimberley Berndt is a science educator with 24 years of experience. She currently teaches at St. Mark's School where she has chaired the Science Department and developed their STEM Research Fellowship. Kimberley is currently completing her masters in STEM Education through the University of Southern California.
June 25th - July 6th (No Camp July 4th)
Boys and Girls Age 9 - 15
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Extended Day offered: 7:30 am - 9:00 am & 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Additional Fee)
$630 for Full-Day - Two Weeks
Kingsley Laboratories – Main Campus. Kingsley received a $5.5 million renovation during the summer of 2008. All science classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and student workspaces.
What to Bring
Lunch and Snack (nut free)
Swimsuit and towel (if desiring to swim)
Due to the nature of the investigations, students are expected to wear close-toed shoes or sneakers
Schedule (Sample Day)
9:00 am - Check in, overview of plan for the day, new developments in the world of science
9:30 am - Lesson and experimentation
11:00 am - Snack break
11:15 am - Lesson and experimentation
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:15 pm - Swim/Free time
2:15 pm - Finish collecting data, demonstrations, wrap-up for day