University Communications

Summer Biology Camp Held At Immaculata University

A summer biology camp for middle school students will be held in July at Immaculata University. The focus of the program will be on human body systems, allowing the students to discover how each system interacts to form a living individual.
The camp will be held Monday through Thursday, July 6-9 or July 13-16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and each day has 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 and on Wednesday, students will study lung capacity and the effects of smoking. The camp will end on Thursday with the chance to partake in experiments with enzymes and metabolism. Also on Thursday the 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 also have 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, chair of the biology department at Immaculata. The goals of the camp include helping the students "experience a sense of accomplishment, practice decision-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 eighth grades who are interested in discovering how their body system works. There is a 20 student limit per session and a fee of $150 for the four days. 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.