Immaculata University Hosts Biology Camp for Middle School Students

Immaculata University will host a biology camp, offered twice during the month of July, for middle school students. The first camp is held from Tuesday, July 6 through Friday, July 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The second camp is offered from Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is a 20 student limit per session and a fee of $160 for the four days. The focus of the program will be on the human body systems, allowing the students to discover how each system interacts to form a living individual.
Each day is filled with a set of hands-on activities. On Monday, students will explore working in a science lab as they test for the effect of drugs on the body. On Tuesday, students will deal with the heart and blood, including blood typing, blood pressure, heart rate with exercise, and dissecting a heart. On Wednesday, students will learn lung capacity and the effects of smoking. Finally, on Thursday, students will examine the internal organs of a rat during a dissection period. In addition, students will record their results via technology and be able to bring home their work and results to show their family and friends. Each day will include a lunch period and recreation time.
"By actually doing and experiencing hands-on science, students develop their critical thinking skills, increase communication skills and the ability to inquire," commented Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Ph.D., chair of the Biology department at Immaculata University. The goal of the camp includes helping the students "experience a sense of accomplishment, practice decisions-making skills, and to share the enjoyment of learning as they develop a positive attitude toward science."
The University is offering the science program for middle school students entering sixth, seventh, and eight grades who are interested in discovering how their body system works. The camp will be taught by Deb Tischler, BS, Jean Shingle, Ph.D, and Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Ph.D. Additional information and an application are available on Immaculata´s website.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducation institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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4.29.2010

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