Nichole Hannahs

Hands on Science Lessons

by Nichole Hannahs on June 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

From shrinking balloons to smoking marshmallows campers at the "Y’s" summer camp experience learning hands on.

Thursday’s lesson from the Science Man had to do with cryogenics and states of matter. Darryl Baynes had campers feeling like they were floating in the clouds, while they learned their lessons.

It’s a hands on approach that keeps the students engaged. Baynes said our nation needs more people interested in math and science.

"There’s a shortage of scientists and mathematicians in the United States and the more kids we can get interested in STEM careers, math, science, technology, engineering and math the better off we are because there are so many jobs open," explained Darryl Baynes. "We don’t have enough people to fill those jobs and other countries are leaving us behind when it comes to STEM and STEM related fields."

One student has taken part in science camp for at least three years. She said it’s a great learning experience.

"In science you sit there in front of a teacher and they go on and on and on, but in science camp we’re learning new stuff everyday and you’re having fun while you’re doing it," said Stacara Vaney.

Part of Baynes experiments included blowing up a plastic two liter bottle, which he said is his favorite part of the day and the campers agreed.