Tech camp fosters young scientists

Published 3:58 pm Monday, July 25, 2011

Working as a team, from left, Latoya Lashley, of Franklin, 13, Ian Howell, of Suffolk, 14, Timothy Kreider, of Franklin, 13, and Arika Thames, of Virginia Beach, were the first to complete their LEGO robot during a recent technology camp at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Rising eighth- and ninth-graders recently explored and experimented their way through a week’s worth of activities at a Paul D. Camp Community College technology summer camp.

The free camp was held July 11-15 at the Paul D. Camp Community College’s Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin and the college’s Hobbs Suffolk Campus.

During the program, 40 teenagers took part in hands-on projects geared toward different scientific topics.

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“It was a huge success,” said camp coordinator Audrey Lawrence.

BASF workers conducted a chromatology experiment, using coffee filters, water and colored markers, with the students to teach them about the separation of solids.

BASF human resources manager Beverly Nedab and BASF employees Brittany Tonsall, Joyce Riddick and Cheryl Bartlett presented the project, which was new to the camp this year.

Camp attendees also built rockets and LEGO robots during the weeklong camp.

In addition to the hands-on projects, the campers took a field trip to the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton and participated in a closing ceremony on the last day of camp, which included an activity for the campers and their parents to complete together.