During the months of July and August, GLOWS offers science camps to youth in grades 2 through 7. All summer camp programs mix incredible experiments, fun indoor and outdoor activities, and face time with postsecondary science students. Camps emphasize exploration of science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities, labs, games and week-long projects. Campers get the opportunity to explore the university, meet researchers, and conduct experiments in real labs.
In 2016, Selkirk College GLOWS (Growing Learning Opportunities With Science) camps took place in six different communities. More than 100 kids had fun with science during the summer break.
Camp coordinators traveled to Trail, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver and Crawford Bay to teach the various camps. The biology camp involved learning about bacteria, DNA and the human body, with fun activities and lab experiments. In the engineering and physics camps, kids learned teamwork, problem solving and participated in exciting construction projects. While in coding camps, students learned how to code Lego Mindstorm and Arduino software in order to make functional robots.
With the successful summer now in the books, GLOWS will be organizing after-school programs for youth between the ages of six and 13 with a particular focus on girls in engineering. GLOWS anticipates at least one Girls After School Club in engineering as well as additional physics/engineering clubs for ages six to nine and 10 to 13. Students will take part in teamwork challenges, construction projects, basic coding and learning about the basic principles of science, all with the goal of having fun. GLOWS plans to return next summer with more exciting camps and experiments, ready to inspire young scientists.