First Posted: 7/25/2010
In recent years, many universities and colleges have begun offering summer camps. Many of the camps are intended for fun and enrichment, though most are designed to build K-12 students academic skills and explore career options.
The Robeson Community College Services Corporation recently wrapped up its summer activities with two camps designed for youth in grades 6-12.
The Hot Math and Science camp gave students a hands-on experience to learn more math and science by engaging them in an atmosphere free of worry about tests and performance. The camp, led by Robeson Community College faculty members Louis McIntyre and Cassandra Johnson, allowed students to use their math skills to make chemical solutions, analyze DNA, and complete basic laboratory techniques generally employed in a university research or commercial laboratory. McIntyre, who teaches full time in the colleges biology department, worked with students on the basics of chemistry, biotechnology, forensics, microbes, bacteria, DNA, animal/plant cells and fermentation. Johnson, a math faculty member, introduced students to math skills to make up chemical solutions, while integrating algebra expressions, graphing and word problems in their lab activities.
The camps core purpose was to strengthen students math and science skills. Studies prove that when students do well in math and science, they stand a better chance of being ready for college, successful in the workplace and engaged as citizens. The math and science camp concluded with a field trip to Raleigh to visit the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at North Carolina State Universitys Centennial Campus and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. The students were able to see pilot scale bioprocessing equipment and experience the wonders of North Carolinas natural environment and history by visiting the museum.
The Services Corporation week-long Look Good Feel Good Camp was crafted for young ladies ranging in ages 11 to 17 to explore all things beautiful, both inside and outside. Participants discovered how to feel good by getting fit, and learned the secrets to a more healthier, balanced and energized body and mind. The campers enjoyed a day of beauty that included hair shampoo and styles, manicures and pedicures courtesy of the Colleges cosmetology department students. A session devoted to appropriate skin care was provided by a local beauty consultant, and the students really got pumped up with physical fitness sessions led by Amanda Hynes, an employee with the SRMC Lifestyle Center. The campers also participated in sessions associated with female health, nutrition, enhancing self-esteem techniques and social networking communication etiquette.
Brenda Jacobs, camp coordinator the Services Corporation, is pleased with the success of both camps and is looking forward to offering students more activities next year.
One of the goals of the camps is to allow students a RCC experience. If we get students to come out and see what RCC has to offer, they will share their enthusiasm with their friends, says Jacobs.
Jacobs feels that both activities provided the campers a positive community college experience.
The students really enjoyed coming to our campus and interacting with our faculty and staff. The opportunity for school-age children to participate in summer activities on our campus will increase their awareness of career options. Im confident that the students will take their new-found knowledge and skills and apply it to their daily lives.
Lisa O. Hunt is the Public Information officer at Robeson Community College and the project coordinator for the Robeson Regional Biotech Education.