CSI Science Camp awes students and teachers

Power of physics

Sadie Tribe and Kate Wilson feel the power of Physics as Jason Stock of ISU explains electrical current during his show.

 Kenyon Christopherson looks for sunspots in a special solar telescope provided by CSI English Professor, Robert Mayer, also of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society.

By C. COLT CRANE

The Voice

 

BURLEY – Magnetic demonstrations and exploding displays filled the classroom as students and teachers learned about the magic of science during a recent CSI Community Education Class at the CSI Mini-Cassia Center.

“It was a very good week for the students and teachers,” said Science Camp Director Amy Christopherson.

Christopherson also stated that the purpose of the week was to train teachers as well as to educated students in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Jason Stock, a student from Idaho State University visited the camp with Eric Ivie to perform a physics demonstration. Stock and Ivie demonstrated the use of magnetics along with a display of explosions as part of his physics show. The show was designed by Dr. Steven Shropshire, an ISU physics professor.

The Declo Robotics Team was also on site to put on a demonstration for those in attendance of their award winning robotics presentation.

Christopherson said that the camp drew in 55 students ranging in age from grades 2-7 to participate in the fun. The camp’s overall theme focused on the intricacies of space.

“We learned about the moon phases by using Oreo cookies. We used paper airplanes to teach the kids about aerodynamics. We called it aero-gami,” said Christopherson.

Christopherson said that the camp had seven teachers on hand to help with the kids and the multitude of activities throughout the week.

“We had seven teachers from both Minidoka and Cassia counties that came to help us out. We packed so much into the four days and the teachers made all of the difference,” Christopherson said.

The next upcoming CSI Community Education Class will be held July 16-20 in Twin Falls and Gooding.

“These events are great because they help kids use elements of math and technology, engineering and science to solve problems,” said Christopherson.

“The kids build with a purpose. They identify a need and then use their knowledge to find a solution.”

The youngsters learned about flight, rocketry, astronomy, robotics and physics at the week-long camp.

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