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A Long Way Down Engineering Camp starts with a success

Feb 26, 2014
Photo by: Washington County Extension Students completed several time trials on how altering either canopy size, canopy material or suspension length would affect their parachute’s drop time. Students spread out in the hallway for redesign work close to their drop point at the stair well.

Several fourth- and fifth-grade students turned into aerospace engineers through the weeklong science camp A Long Way Down put on by Washington County Extension at Lincoln Elementary School, Feb. 19-21.

Throughout the camp, students gained a better definition of science terms like engineering, aerospace, drag, variables, data, and were able to experiment with the designs of parachutes. Students worked in groups and individually to design, test and redesign parachutes with the goal to have the slowest drop time.

"This camp was a great extension to the elementary science curriculum," said 4-H Youth Coordinator, Amy Green. "Our A Long Way Down camp was a success with the fourth- and fifth-grade participants. We look forward to using this material for future camps and classroom extension activities as well."

Green explained that youth seem to have an increased interest in the science areas. “The last day of camp, participants completed a survey regarding their experience. Nine of 10 students said they are more interested in science now,” said Green. “We have made it a goal through Extension and 4-H to work to serve those students.”

Washington County Extension is working to set their summer camps which will include several special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camps. For more information on the camp or other science opportunities for youth, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

 

 

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