Have you ever wondered what Camp Learn-A-Lot students do when away from camp, when exploring the world through the amazing field trips planned for them? Well, this week, a world of electricity, sound, and other nerd-tastic science opened itself to the students and staff while at the Detroit Science Center, which we visited on July 28th. The field trip was self-guided so classes could break off and focus on exhibits most pertinent to their classroom studies. Fourth and fifth graders started the day on the upper floors, studying different species of bugs, and even managing to get an up close and personal look at a few creepy crawlies. Some loved the real-life tarantulas, while others preferred the non-living displays… For this adventure, our younger campers spent the morning learning about sound and energy, gaining invaluable knowledge and having plenty of fun interacting with different instruments, tools, and employees. Our students always appreciate the chance for hands-on learning to enhance their understanding! After a quick lunch break, the older and younger students switched places so the first and second graders could delve into the secret life of bugs and the older campers could investigate all that the Science Center had to offer. Excitingly, Ms. Lowry’s fourth grade class was just in time to watch a demonstration of magnetism and friction held in the Science Center’s auditorium. One lucky student was even allowed to go up and participate in the experiment before their peers and new friends alike! Additionally, our students utilized building blocks, pipes, and their creative and teamwork skills to build some amazing contraptions. Overall, our worn out Olympians greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to visit Detroit’s incredible Science Center.
That’s Just Life
On this, our second to final week of Camp Learn-A-Lot, students are uniformly studying the wonderful science of life, with variations in teaching style for each grade. The first graders, for example, learn about animal structure and function by labeling the parts of images of different species, and also by relating animal hierarchies and the predator/prey relationship to the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” In addition to such lessons, second graders are also learning the purpose, form, and adaptations of plants, and experimenting with their growth rates comparatively from situations of light/dark. Among the upper grades, the life cycles and related food webs are being explored. New terms, like “reproduction,” “species,” and “diversity,” are peppered throughout the numerous demonstrations, diagrams, and interactive lessons our students enjoy related to the features, habits, and means of life for all organisms. In terms of math and English, campers of all ages are engaged in regular practice with work from addition to long division, and from the simple building blocks of language to more complex scientific jargon like “graduated cylinder.” Regardless of grade, learners of all forms—tactile, auditory, and visual—are being engaged and expanded with the help of Camp’s wonderful teachers, tutors and other staff.