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Students Receive Hands-On Experience at UW Camp

June 21, 2017
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University of Wyoming students Chelsea Bad Hawk, standing left, from Ethete, and Cheyenne Hurlburt, of Cairo, Neb., assist Milo Tarleton, from Laramie, with his cutting board project during the recent Artful Craft of Science STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) summer camp at UW. (UW Photo)

When Mark Constantino signed up for a science-related summer camp at the University of Wyoming, he did not know how fun it would be to learn about breaking codes.

The homeschooled soon-to-be-sixth-grader from Cheyenne was among 41 area students who recently took part in the third Artful Craft of Science (TACoS) STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) five-day summer camp.

The camp was for incoming fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who took part in four different sessions throughout the day. Students were exposed to hands-on projects in:

-- Art, which highlighted the chemicals involved in the artistic process and the creation of an artistic work such as a photogram.

-- Agricultural education, in which students learned about chemicals involved when they created their own cutting boards.

-- Computer science, where students broke and developed codes creating steganography -- hidden messages.

-- Microbes, which focused on the chemistry of the human body.

Constantino says he enjoyed the art section the best but liked developing and breaking codes. He was eager to create a message for his parents to try to break when parents had the opportunity to see their children’s work at the end of the week.

“I really liked the whole camp,” he says. “I liked working on all my science projects.”

Leading each section were UW faculty members Mike Borowczak, computer science; Andrea Burrows, science education; Chris Haynes, agricultural education; and Rani Robison, art. They were joined by Albany County teachers Allison Haynes, Dea Kobbe and Stephanie McKinney. Also assisting were current UW students and student peers.

The students rotated through four sessions, with the teachers and near-peers assisting them with content, safety and movement throughout the stations. The teachers themselves learned new ideas/practices for their own classrooms, says Burrows, who is the camp’s director.

MilliporeSigma, which provides scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services, sponsored the STEM camp and provided a section on DNA extraction for the student groups on the final day.

Students attending the weeklong camp were:

Bosler -- Skyler Nielson.

Cheyenne -- Mark Constantino.

Laramie -- Bode Anderson, Flynn Arnold, Brooke Aumiller, Jamison Bade, Colton Bath, Rowyn Birdsley, Donovan Bohlender, Laura Brande, Cian Contos, Jedidiah Duncan, Charlotte Ehmke, Zeren Homer, Moyo Idowu, Eli Jones, Joshua King, Landen Linger, Aliye Márquez, Karlie McDonald, Brayden McKinney, Makayia McKinney, Owen McLaughlin, Emma Myers, Gabe Myers, Oskar Neubauer, Ava Reese, Braden Reilly, Zane Rothfuss, Abby Sanchez, Gabe Sanchez, Rex Siceloff, Savannah Siceloff, Hannah Small, Kannon Tarleton, Milo Tarleton, Brynn Utton, Noah Utton, Jonathan Vaske, Mebbie Wechsler and Audrey Yeung.

For more information, call Burrows at (307) 766-6735.

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