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Jewell summer academies teach scientific principles through hands-on experience
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
June 8, 2007

The Jewell Academy for Women in Science (JAWS) and the Jewell Academy for Men in Science (JAMS) will be hosting free residential summer camps for rising 7th- and 8th-graders on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The JAWS camp for girls is scheduled to take place June 17-23; the JAMS camp for boys is scheduled for June 24-30. Thanks to a generous grant from The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the week-long, interactive camps are open to students at no charge.

Forty girls and 40 boys were chosen from throughout the metropolitan area to participate in the camps based on a competitive application process for high-achieving students. The camps will be based on an interdisciplinary, integrative curriculum focusing on the concept of energy. Specifically, student participants will be exposed to microbiology, chemistry, ecology, physics, computer science and bioethics through hands-on laboratory learning. Evenings will feature less-structured science enrichment activities. In addition to the science curriculum, the camp will feature extensive leadership training, goal-setting, teambuilding & cooperation skills, along with personal development.

“Overall, the Jewell Science Academies will offer a cohesive, enriching experience with the goal of preparing students for successful academic careers in high school and beyond,” said Dr. Tara Allen, associate professor of biology at William Jewell.

Lodging and meals will be provided for campers in William Jewell’s residence halls and dining facilities throughout the week at no cost.

Science academy activities will be held primarily in and around White Science Center on the Liberty campus. Interactive sessions with hands-on visual components include:

2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17 & 24:
Tucker Leadership Odyssey course-outdoor team-building exercises on the college’s Tucker Leadership Lab ropes course

8 to 10 p.m. Monday & Tuesday, June 18 & 19 and June 25 & 26:
Astronomy

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday & Thursday, June 20 & 21 and June 27 & 28:
Physiology-heart dissection

12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, June 20 & 21 and June 27 & 28:
Chemistry-experiments to determine the components of certain foods (students split into 2 groups; chemistry runs concurrently with ecology and orienteering below)

12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, June 20 & 21 and June 27 & 28:
Ecology and orienteering

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 & 29:
Chemistry and Physics Magic Show/Talent Show and Closing Ceremonies

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23 and 30:
Science Fair-showcasing students’ work for the week

For more information, please contact camp organizer Emily Abdoler atsciencecamps AT william.jewell DOT edu 

 
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