Science, students, summer and AU

Environment Session of Amazing Science Summer Camp

AU student Travis Boyd (left) works with Ethan Hauff during the environment session of the Amazing Science Summer Camp at Aurora University.

Acid rain probably wasn’t on the minds of many middle school students this summer. But it was for more than 60 students who attended the Amazing Science Summer Camp on the Aurora University campus in June and July. The program featured AU students who taught lessons about energy and the environment, including an experiment that demonstrated the effect of acid rain on plant growth.

“I liked the camp a lot,” said Lucero Manzanares of Fischer Middle School. “It was really fun. All the experiments have taught us that everything we do has a purpose and an effect.”

It’s also been a great experience for Aurora University secondary education student Travis Boyd. “It was sort of like teaching in a classroom-camp hybrid. The students were at the perfect ages because they would get so excited when conducting tests. We were really hands-on. We cooked hot dogs using solar energy and generated electricity using bicycles.”

Boyd also said he knew the students were enthusiastic about the camp because they would often take photos of their experiments and talk about posting their research on Facebook. “When you see students getting that excited about learning, it makes your day,” he said.

The two three-week camps brought together students representing 12 different middle schools from Aurora East School District 131, Aurora West School District 129, Indian Prairie School District 204 and Oswego School District 308. The program was sponsored by the Aurora University Institute for Collaboration and Communities In Schools.