“There is an art to science, and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole.” — ISAAC ASIMOV
During each day of the Watershed’s STEAM mini-camp, about 20 youngsters ventured into the trails, laboratory, and woods to solve challenges in a collaborative way. Creating things with your own hands has the power to transform how you learn.
Each day, the campers applied engineering skills to their activities of building shelters and “owl’s nests” from bark, leaves, branches and other natural elements.
They also visited the laboratory and used microscopes to examine strands of animal hair or wilderness items collected from hikes around the Watershed Reserve.
Later, the campers found a “sit spot” outside and made observations for the creative art of sketching, writing poetry and using their powers of observation.
Campers also learned about various owls and dismantled sterilized owl pellets in the laboratory to see what the predators had consumed.
The days included some team-building games as well as an animal habitat hikes where the campers looked for signs of animals, discovered where they live, searched for their food sources.
The youngsters also met the Watershed’s animals, including the turtles, snakes, stick bugs, and hissing cockroaches, in the Discovery Room.
At the close of the day, the campers roasted marshmallows at the campfire circle.