BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE - Building rockets, making ice cream, visiting a zoo and hiking to a cave might sound simply like fun activities to fill a week in the summer.
But more than fun, they’re educational, introducing children to everything from zoology to geology, from food preparation to space exploration.
Davis County students are finding out how much fun science can be this week, in the third of four weeks of science camps offered to students who will be starting fourth through seventh grades this fall.
“Awesome,” said one. “Amazing,” said another.
“There are so many fun things to do,” said Charity Miller, while waiting her turn to launch a rocket on her second day of camp. “There are fun things that aren’t common. You get the experience of doing them with friends and at a park.”
Experience is something important for the students, according to Rita Stevenson, elementary science coordinator for Davis School District.
“We want the kids to have positive experiences in science,” said Stevenson. “Hopefully they’re already interested in science and we’re augmenting their interest. There are only so many things you can do and so many field trips you can take during the school year, so it’s a chance to put to use some of the skills used in the classroom in practical application.”
Monday was a day to make ice cream, decorate T-shirts, do some dissection and create with straws and macaroni.
After building rockets on Tuesday, students learned more about space by seeing an IMAX movie about the International Space Station at the Larry H. Miller Mexaplex Theater in Centerville, then a star show at the Clark Planetarium.
Wednesdays at science camp feature a trip to Cache Valley to learn more about zoology from bee keepers at Cox’s Honeyland, zookeepers at Willow Park and guides at Gossner’s Cheese.
On Thursdays, the focus is geography and the 50-plus students and their six counselors hike to and through Timpanogos Cave.
All of the activities are in public places, said Stevenson, and could be done by individual families.
If looking for activities, families “might choose some that are science-related,” she said. “Many people think science is dull but these activities peak their interest. Science is anything to do with nature.”