Area students get the opportunity to do more than just play games at camp this week.
The Muskingum Family YMCA is hosting its annual STEAM Camp. STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, gives the campers the opportunity to learn from teachers at area schools and colleges while having a little fun at the same time.
"They are doing a bird beak evolution lab today," said Katie Hooper-Boyd, Assistant Professor at Zane State College. "They get to see how different birds have different beaks and how those are adapted to their food source. Tomorrow, we’re going to be doing some microscopy, so students are going to get to learn how to use a microscope. They’re going to look at things like pond water, insects and algae. And then on the third day, we’re going to do some dissection. So some of the younger kids will be doing things like earthworms and starfish, and the older kids are going to get to do a frog dissection."
The free camp runs Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is open to anyone grades three through eight. Not only do the kids look forward to the camp, but counselors say they do as well.
"This is one of my favorite weeks out of camp," said Trevor Tom, camp counselor. "I think it’s good for them to have some fun with it, but also to get a little bit of science over the summer."
"This is my 5th summer here, so I really like the camp," said Justin Conner Hart, a camper from Bishop Fenwick.
While the first day of the camp may be over now, there are still some spots available if you’d like to bring your child out for Tuesday and Wednesday. To do so, you can give the Y a call at (740) 453-9622.