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A Long Way Down Engineering Camp starts with a success

Feb 19, 2014
Photo by: Washington County Extension Students were challenged to do intricate work with bulky gloves to experience some of the challenges to be in space. Chase Messamaker, son of Stephanie Heisdorffer, and Raven Carnes, daughter of Chad and Teresa Carnes, worked together on this first space challenge. Participants will work this week to learn more about the planets, their unique atmosphere and to design parachutes to work with some of those strict parameters.

The fourth- and fifth-grade science camp A Long Way Down started Tuesday after school. Students gather this week to learn and experiment with ways to design parachutes and to think as aerospace engineers.

Washington County Extension partnered with Lincoln Elementary School to host this four-day science camp. They are one of more than 800 schools and community organizations to participate in the STEM scale-up programs during the 2013-14 school year.

Students started the camp by brainstorming what all engineers do and what specific challenges and goals aerospace engineers might have. Special guest and aerospace engineer Keth Houseal "Skyped" with the group sharing about his job. He is a graduate of Mid-Prairie High School and an aerospace-engineer graduate from Iowa State University. He shared with the students some of his experiences working on commercial and military aircraft.

Instructors Nancy Clawson and Julie Timmins are leading the Engineering is Elementary curriculum for aerospace engineering. After only the first night of camp Nancy Clawson commented, “I’m impressed with how much prior knowledge the kids have on this topic.”

The Long Way Down science camp will continue this week after school at Lincoln Elementary. For more information on the camp or other science opportunities for youth, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Feb 21, 2014 22:13

Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?

When asked that question, 1 in 4 Americans surveyed answered incorrectly. Yes, 1 in 4. In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science. So that’s where we are as a society right now.

The survey, conducted by the National Science Foundation, included more than 2,200 participants in the U.S., AFP reports. It featured a nine-question quiz about physical and biological science and the average score was a 6.5.

Read more: 1 in 4 Americans Think Sun Revolves Around Earth: Study | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/16/1-in-4-americans-thinks-sun-orbits-earth/#ixzz2u1Kzvu6K

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