Camp programming consists of fun hands-on activities, sessions with STEM professionals and field trips. Each camp offered five days of fun hands-on STEM activities, field trips and networking with local business and industry partners. The summer camps were made possible through the generous support of the Astellas USA Foundation and lead sponsor Abbott.
Some of the girls’ favorite activities included:
- Making ice cream to explore the science of proteins, enzymes and acids in action as well as energy transfer and phase changes
- Learning how to suture using chicken wings with volunteers from Chester Hospital, Chester, IL nursing staff
- Making new paper from used paper to explore the environmental impacts of deforestation and paper production vs. recycling paper
- Engineering and design challenges involving water recycling and reclamation to understand waste water and water pollutants
Abbott and Astellas USA Foundation had a combined 52 employee volunteers gave of their time and talent by leading activities and networking with campers throughout the week in Waukegan. Overall a truly remarkable 83 volunteers (organizations listed below) assisted the EDUCATE Center in delivering program content, leading field trips or exhibiting at the STEM Fair and Family Day.