scientists to have fun at university camp
30 future scientists age 11 to 13 will have a chance to practice their skills
at the Shippensburg University STEM Camp June 25 to 29.
stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Campers will
engage in joint learning activities to explore how science and technology
affect their daily lives. The activities are designed to promote critical
thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
will emphasize scientific observation and exploration in biology, chemistry,
earth science, engineering and physics. Hands-on experiences will incorporate a
technological component and mathematical analysis of experimental outcomes. Some possible topics to be explored during the week are balloon
powered race cars, isolation of DNA, a technology-based scavenger hunt, seeing
microbes eat and exploring the sugar content of soft drinks.
begins each day at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
directors are Dr. Marcie Baer-Lehman and Dr. Alyssa Bumbaugh. Baer-Lehman is an
associate professor in Shippensburg’s biology department. She is a trained bacteriologist
with more than 14 years of research experience in microbial isolation,
identification and pathogenesis. She served as a postdoctoral research scientist
at the University of Alabama and has participated in conferences and presentations
sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology. Bumbaugh is an assistant professor
in the university’s biology department. She is a trained microbial geneticist
with more than 10 years of research experience in the study and surveillance of
foodborne bacterial pathogens. She was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science
Education postdoctoral fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and has participated in conferences and invited workshops sponsored by the
Education Board of the American Society for Microbiology.
information is available by contacting Baer-Lehman at 477-1589 or MLLehm@ship.edu or Bumbaugh at 477-1593 or ACBumbaugh@ship.edu.