Chemistry Summer Science Camp
Each year, members of the University of Mount Union Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry partner with Alliance-area school districts for a Summer Science Camp. The camp brings a large group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders to campus to learn fundamental scientific concepts through fun experiments facilitated by Mount Union professors. The purpose of the camp is to foster an early interest in science by having area youth work with experts in the field. Utilizing Bracy Hall, Gallaher Hall, the Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center and the University's well-maintained landscape, the students are able to participate in a variety of different experiments they would not be exposed to in their normal classrooms during the school year
The camp has three sets of experiments and rotates them out on a three-year cycle to enable students to attend all three years and try out different experiments every year. Some examples of past experiments include:
- Reactions of Copper: a chemistry experiment that asks students to make observations and is also conducted with Mount students in the CHE 110 course.
- Interaction of UV light and Sunscreen: a physics and chemistry experiment that looks at the interaction of UV light with sunscreen molecules and that teaches the scientific method.
- Testing Acidity (pH) Levels: a chemistry and environmental science experiment that introduces acids and bases and their effects on the environment. This experiment also requires a field trip to the Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center.
- Measuring Amounts of Fat: a chemistry and biology experiment that incorporates the measurement of both chemical and physical properties and relates to health and medical issues.
Each year the camp also includes a Demo Day where students have the opportunity to pair up and pick a demo that they'd like to practice, then perform it for family and friends. The experiments that are available to choose from cover various areas and topics. After choosing their experiment, students practice them in a lab, work with their partner to prepare a script to explain the experiment to the audience and present the finished product on the final day of camp.
Returning students have priority when it comes to choosing their demo to ensure they don’t end up with the same experiment two years in a row.