We asked Outreach Program’s summer coop student Kahlan to share her experience working with the Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps this year. Here is what she said. Thanks Kahlan for spending your summer with us!
Another summer is drawing to a close, and another year of the Phenomenal Physics Summer Camps is successfully completed. The Outreach Lab is much quieter than it was when camps began, and it’s hard to believe that Fall – and classes – are already here. And even though there is plenty to be learned once school starts again, we at the Outreach Lab know that the best learning happens when we use our knowledge in creative ways.
This summer’s camps were full of creative thinking, discussion, and experimentation. As a camp leader, it has been an unforgettable experience introducing my campers to concepts such as buoyancy, electricity, mass, energy, and more. Together we discussed theory, built the best protection device for an egg falling from a two-story height, debugged code, learned to SCUBA dive, developed design skills building cardboard boats, discovered electronic components, set off bottle rockets… and those are only a few of my favourite activities.
As a student at UBC, my most memorable classes have challenged me to design something new. As a member of the Phenomenal Physics Camp team, I hope that this year’s campers will remember what they have been challenged to create this summer – and are ready to make something even better.
After five action-packed weeks filled with fascinating activities and more than 170 amazing campers, the Physics and Astronomy Outreach Lab is already looking forward to next summer. Our camps fill up quickly, and the best way to save your spot is to register early. Be the first to know when registration opens by signing up for the Outreach Newsletter.