While most students were enjoying their first full week of summer vacation, Knox County’s future scientists were busy making discoveries and investigating the “whys” and “hows” of science during the Engineering Your Future science camp.
Nationally known science educator Jason Lindsey, creator of hookedonscience.org, led over thirty students through discoveries using project-based learning. The five day, hands-on camp, was held at Knox County Middle School and Lynn Camp Middle School the week of May 21.
“It’s fun and it helps you later on in life,” said student Dawson Bingham about the camp. Bingham was the runner up in the camp’s Last One Standing camp review challenge.
Jayden Jones said that launching rockets was the best of part of summer camp. “We learned about force and how force makes things move.”
This was the first year of the science camp in Knox County, which targeted gifted and talented sixth grade students.
“Many of the students across our region head home not doing a lot of work,” commented Lindsey about summer vacation. “When they head back to class in the fall, those teachers will spend four to six weeks re-teaching concepts that students lost during the summer months.”
The summer camp was sponsored by the Knox County Board of Education in conjunction with the school district’s Gear UP initiative which provides early awareness and readiness for college.