Summer Science Camps Provide Hands-on Learning

Jun. 5, 2013 - by Carol Best

High School Students and Teachers Learn Together

June 5, 2013
IMG 5204

For the third year in a row MNU is hosting area high school science teachers and their students in six day-long science enrichment camps this June. The Science of Beauty, CSI-II, and The Science of Field Ecology are free due to a five-year Teacher Quality Preparation grant MNU received from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Gary Andersen, PhD, (left) MNU associate professor of education, 120 students and teachers from Olathe, Gardner-Edgerton, Kansas City, Kansas, DeSoto, Shawnee Mission and Mission Valley school districts are registered to attend.

Sherry Hansen, a biology teacher at Olathe North High School says the students enjoy performing hands on experiments. This is Hansen’s second year to attend the camps. This year she brought two Olathe North seniors, Ashley Gasiorowski and Caleb Tady, from the Animal Health Program to The Science of Field Ecology camp.

Olathe South sophomore Sebastian Menez said the group was comparing growth data on trees with the use of core samples taken from trees on the MNU campus.

“We are looking for patterns in growth based on weather conditions by looking at the rings on the tree samples,” Menez said.


Olathe South biology teacher Jeff Witters, told the group they could find a great deal of information from the tree samples.

“Some scientists spend their whole careers staring at tree rings. The rings record climate information that are the ‘slings and arrows’ as Shakespeare said, of that individual tree’s life. Pointing to a slice of a tree trunk Witters remarked, “That’s a novel if you can figure out how to read it.”

FieldEcoSciCamp2013Jeff Witters (right), a biology teacher from Olathe South High School, shows Caleb Tady, Olathe North senior and Sebastian Menez, Olathe South sophomore, the wealth of data contained in the rings on a tree trunk sample during MNU’s The Science of Field Ecology Camp.

Witters is a 1996 graduate of MNU with a bachelor of arts in biology. He was recruited to assist with the camp by Andersen who coordinates the Science Camps each year.

“I hope these students have the chance to be curious about not just the natural world, but also to learn about the tools and methods used in the field of ecology,” Andersen said.

Witters agrees that the experience opens the student’s mind to possibilities.

“Through these camps students can realize their interests could take them somewhere in a career,” he said.

Next week the camps wrap up with The Science of CSI-II in which participants will learn about the science of crime scene investigation.

For more information about MNU programs in science and math visit www.mnu.edu.
 

MNU News

Tuesday, July 26
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
IMG 8874
Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Pioneering freshmen come to MNU to pursue an education, anxious, brave and hopeful. Four particular students, never dreaming their paths would cross, came from near and far. Some paths seemed clear…

Read More
Kyle Ford
Pursuing God’s Call: Diving into Dentistry

Pursuing God’s Call: Diving into Dentistry

Would you ever think that a radio advertisement could lead someone to discovering their calling? That is exactly what led alum Kyle Ford (’13) to…

Read More
81427390F111
Second Career Choice Was Easy

Second Career Choice Was Easy

As a university, MNU is finally old enough to have alumni who are considering or have entered a second career. When Joe Ledbetter (’81) decided it was time recently to retire from a 25-year career…

Read More
Grittman Davis VBall
Coach Puts Communication Degree to Work

Coach Puts Communication Degree to Work

Though she played college volleyball, coaching a team wasn’t at the top of her list when Britney (Grittman ’14) Davis was deciding on a post-college career. However, after being admitted to the…

Read More
CY 3
Hard Work, Discipline and Confidence Pay Off

Hard Work, Discipline and Confidence Pay Off

“It’s funny how the game of football can make a difference in someone’s life,” says Corey Young ('14), an MNU sports management…

Read More
Mabee
Unique Partnership to Provide College Experience to Developmentally Disabled

Unique Partnership to Provide College Experience to Developmentally Disabled

Lakemary Center and MidAmerica Nazarene University are partnering to meet the needs of students diagnosed with certain developmental disabilities…

Read More
Brady Braatz
Braatz Named Chaplain

Braatz Named Chaplain

MNU President David Spittal announced the appointment today of Rev. Brady Braatz as MNU University Chaplain.  Braatz is a 2001 graduate of MNU with a bachelor’s degree in business…

Read More
300 Leaders Expected for PALCON

300 Leaders Expected for PALCON

MNU is one of three locations for the Church of the Nazarene’s Pastor and Leaders Conference (PALCON) this summer. The gathering for clergy “on the front lines of ministry” is an opportunity…

Read More
Relentless2016big
Summer SERVEteams

Summer SERVEteams

MNU SERVEteams are hitting the road this summer, traveling the MNU region to serve in churches, camps, District Assemblies and more. Together the groups will serve at 38 different events.The 19…

Read More
Sports
Jordan Eckley & Jason Jones Earn National Honors

Jordan Eckley & Jason Jones Earn National Honors

Two Pioneers were listed among the 2016 NAIA Baseball All-America selections, announced by the national office...(click title for more)

 
Lee Dobbins Named Head Softball Coach

Lee Dobbins Named Head Softball Coach

Director of Athletics Kevin Steele has announced Lee Dobbins as the next head softball coach at MNU...(click title for more)

 
Track & Field Speed & Power Camps

Track & Field Speed & Power Camps

The purpose of these camps is to give athletes from ALL SPORT BACKGOUNDS instruction on movements to develop speed and power within a track and field setting...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich
MNU Commencement 2016 MidAmerica Nazarene University Undergraduate and School of Professional & Graduate Studies commencement ceremony 2016. Photos by Dan Videtich