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June 15, 2014

Camp focuses on hands-on science lessons for children

Bugs, Beakers and Eyeballs

NEW HARMONY, Ind. — St. Joseph Elementary School student Bailey Brush loves bugs — from spiders and ticks to fuzzy caterpillars — so when youngsters attending the University of Southern Indiana summer camp at New Harmony went exploring for insects on Monday, Brush was in her element.

Brush, 12, who is going into seventh grade at St. Joseph this fall, said her favorite creepy crawlers are spiders and that someday she said she wants to grow up to study them.

“I want to be an entomologist when I grow up,” she told the Evansville Courier & Press. “I know a lot about ticks.”

Last week, the campers searched for insects, captured them and as part of a camp class identified and sketched the different bugs.

“There were a lot of big ones,” Brush said. “There were beetles, a lot of dragon flies and a lot of moths.”

The camp, Bugs, Beakers and Eyeballs: 200 Years of New Harmony Science, focuses on science education through hands-on learning and fun activities, co-leader of the camp Lois Gray said. There were 13 campers participating in the weeklong program.

Gray, a former biology teacher in New Harmony, now teaches introductory biology for non-majors at USI. Her co-leader, Terri Branson, also teaches at USI and supervises students during their pre-student teaching experience.

Campers have had the opportunity to explore historic New Harmony Monday and Wednesday, and were finishing finish their summer camp in the town on Friday. On Wednesday, students visited the USI archaeology field school experience at New Harmony, led by Michael Strezewski,

Strezewski, an assistant professor of anthropology at USI, said it’s great to have younger students interested in science and history observe the dig site and participate because it helps the students to “understand how we know about the past.”

“It’s fun to find things,” Strezewski said, “but ultimately what we’re trying to do is to help say something about the past. It’s what you learn about the past that is the most important thing.”

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