NIACC STEM Camp
Youth Exploring Science YES! Camp
Join us for a science summer camp at NIACC where students entering 8th, 9th, 10th grades will explore a variety of science disciplines and career fields through hands-on activities. Campers will stay in the dorms at NIACC and work closely with faculty and college students to get a feel for the college experience. Scheduled day sessions include experiments and activities in Forensics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science and Coding. Campers will be one of the first students to interact with the newly acquired Anatomage Table, which is a state of the art virtual cadaver, for anatomy explorations. Campers will attend a career panel to learn more about careers in STEM disciplines. Extra-curricular and evening activities include engineering competitions and science-based art projects. We will have a screening of the documentary The Ivory Game which illustrates the importance of environmental and forensic sciences to combatting the ivory trade. Campers will leave camp with an improved understanding of STEM disciplines and career options, exposure to the college experience, and many fun memories!
Youth Exploring Science (YES!) Camp
Forensic Science & Biology: Create models of blood, learn how to type blood, determine the presence of blood, and apply their skills to analyze mock crime scene evidence.
Chemistry: Make fluorescent polymers and chemiluminescent materials! Learn how fireflies glow and synthesize polymers with fluorescent dyes that glow under ultraviolet light.
Anatomage Table & Biology: The Anatomage table is a virtual cadaver comprised of real, life size images of human bodies. Campers will interact with this table to learn about body structure including internal organs, skeletal and muscle structures. Students will build their own models of lungs and determine their own lung capacity.
Game Coding: Learn programming by creating a video game!
Engineering Challenges: Will your team create the winning catapult or wall roller coaster?
Environmental Science: Collect samples from the local streams and ponds to test for pollutants. Identify possible sources of contamination and propose solutions for protecting water resources.