CONCENTRATION - Campers watch carefully as they measure out ingredients for their science experiment at Red Deer College’s Summer Camp program earlier this week.

Summer camps begin at Red Deer College

  • Jul. 6, 2016 2:27 p.m.

What’s better than science experiments, robots and technology? Getting to play with science experiments, robots and technology, which is exactly what the kids are doing at Red Deer College Summer Science Camps program.

Red Deer College is hosting its week-long science summer camps for children ages six to 15.

Children can enjoy the wonders of modern science like chemistry experiments, robotics and even Astronomy.

“The good thing about these camps is that there’s something for everybody,” said Danielle Newton, coordinator of the science camps, adding there are also camps for sports, art, music, drama. “No matter what happens, we always have a good fun week.”

The Red Deer College alumni, Newton, began her work for the camps in 2011 as an instructor, eventually becoming the coordinator last year.

The camps last all day from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. so children can have fun exploring the wonders of science and parents won’t have to worry about who’s going to watch after their kids.

“I think a huge thing about it is that the kids get to have fun,” said Newton. “They get to make new friends, try new things, and with the science camps they get a bit of education without even realizing it.”

Each week three different themes are held, this week it was Early Minds & Activities in which young campers, ages 6-7, explored ancient times with archaeology, become tiny engineers by building their own dams and step into the microscopic world of bacteria.

Other camps included Science Discovery, a camp for children ages eight to 11, which offers kids the chance to learn about the fundamental sciences such as engineering, physics, biology and chemistry with scientific experiments that analyze the world we live in.

The camp with the eldest of the children, ages 11-15, is the Techy & Robotics camp. Kids can learn about the fascinating world of wires and modules, work with fast-advancing tech and even get to make their very own web sites and stop-motion animations.

The camps are run by instructors and students from Red Deer College who have an education in either science or education. This year, along with the coordinating staff, the instructors include a science student, an engineering student and a science instructor.

Each camp has a maximum of 12 kids and each year the college expects anywhere between 230-260 kids, organizers say.

“What I like about science camp is that it’s a bit different than your typical day camp,” Newton said. “It’s super hands-on, each day is something different, the activities are always new and the kids are always engaged.

“I mean, what more can you want for your kids than having them be engaged, learning, having fun, making new friends and new memories?”

The camps started on Monday and run through the summer until Aug. 19th.

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