Simply pondering if the Georgia heat is blistering enough to cook an egg would not suffice for a group of students at Bulloch Academy Monday.
As part of BA’s second annual Math and Science Camp, the youngsters placed yokes on asphalt, tinfoil and in skillets to test their hypotheses regarding the sun’s power.
Though the mid-day sunlight neither fried nor scrambled an egg — the matter did begin to solidify during the one hour yolks sat on the school’s running track — the first through fifth-grade students learned fundamental lessons about weather and temperatures.
The activity was the first of many hands-on learning experiences formulated by teachers Pam Averitt and Anna Spence, who, for one week, will hold the camp dedicated to providing students a fun and informative way to spend a few hours of their school-free days.
“The camp is for students in first through fifth grades, and includes hands-on activities related to science and math,” said Averitt, Technology Specialist at Bulloch Academy. “We are having students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the activities that we are doing.”
“Today, we started our weather unit,” she said. “We talked about what the weather is and what it will be like all week. Today we cooked eggs outside and tomorrow we will cook chocolate chip cookies using solar energy.”
With regular classes over and summer break in full swing, the group of 15 youngsters will attend the week-long camp for three hours each day, in an attempt to foster skills learned in the classroom.
“We want to make sure everything is fun, so that they stay interested,” said Averitt. “Sometimes we do everyday activities that we would do in a classroom, other times we do fun things outside. We just hope they walk away with some information they can use every day, and know that they had a good time.”
“We hope the students apply these everyday skills to activities they do at home and in school,” said Spence, critical thinking teacher for Bulloch Academy. “We hope they really dig into solving problems in all facets of their lives.”
Monday, while waiting on eggs to simmer, students took part in other activities intended to bolster their knowledge.
Children vied to see who could build the tallest, or most creative, structure using chewed bubble-gum and toothpicks — students had to determine how long to chew gum in order to produce the ideal building material.
They then worked to solve a maze before breaking for snacks.
“We will also make three-dimensional puppets and have Lego competitions,” said Spence. The activities are all representative of the things students will learn in school during the year, she said.
Though students returned outside to find more a gooey mess than a delectable breakfast, they were happy to see the transformation their eggs had undergone.
“Everyone is having a good time,” said Averitt, as the camp’s first day wound down.
The Math and Science Camp is one of many summer programs hosted by the school. People can find information pertaining to Bulloch Academy camps by visiting the school’s webpage or calling (912) 764-6297.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.