Middle school students spent a week exploring physical science,
materials, and physics during the first Sensing Our World summer
day camp at the University in June 2006.
Some summer camps feature
zip-lines and rock-climbing walls. Others, like Notre Dame’s
Sensing Our World, help students explore the technology around them.
The week-long camp for middle school students focused on physical
science, materials, physics, and sensors. Students worked with lasers
and electronics. They studied the technology behind different kinds
of sensors, and they learned how to separate water into hydrogen
and oxygen atoms.
Organizers Karen Morris, assistant professional
specialist in chemistry and biochemistry, and Suzanne Coshow of
the Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) at Notre Dame
received help from College of Engineering personnel: Dennis
manager of the Center for Environmental Science and Technology; Leon
Downing, graduate student in civil engineering and geological
Forsythe, research technician in the Environmental Molecular
Science Institute (EMSI); William Kinman, graduate
student in civil engineering and geological sciences; and Jennifer Szymanowski, research
technician in EMSI. The college team gave tours of several laboratories
in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
and demonstrated macroscopic and microscopic research techniques.
2006 camp was sponsored by JINA, the Arthur and Helen Shrieman Fund,
the Community Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph
County, the departments of physics and chemistry and biochemistry,
the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the Nuclear Structure
Laboratory, and faculty researchers at the University. Morris is
currently working on plans for the 2007 program.