Girls STEM Camp Big Success
2016 Girls Camp Recap
What a week! Campers this week, all girls ages 10 to 13, explored, investigated, collected data, problem solved, made connections, participated in a variety of citizen science projects, worked together, and had fun. Each day had a different focus: weather and soil, organism adaptations, creek analysis, ways to “Be the change we wish to see in the world,” and pollinators and gardening. We even had the opportunity to go to Eagle Creek State Park.
The girls practiced using science tools and collecting data to contribute to NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line citizen science project and for Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources’ Hoosier Riverwatch. They learned about the importance of pollinators and collected and identified butterflies and caterpillars for the University of Notre Dame’s Pieris Project. Campers even helped to solve some problems on the farm; in the creek, on the trails, with the tent at base camp, and in the garden. A highlight of the week was our trip to Eagle Creek Park, where the girls learned more about Indiana ecosystems and how we can make a difference in the world while exploring the Be the Change Museum at the Peace Learning Center and the exhibits at the Earth Discovery Nature Center. The girls did a great job all week of taking on challenges and being citizen scientists!