GYSTC camp shows kids wonders of space, sky
By KRISTIAN HAMMOND
The Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center is offering various week-long summer camps, including “The Sky’s The Limit” held last week at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School.
The camp taught children from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade all about space. Children learned about the sun and how it brought on seasons with the rotation of the Earth, how shadows are made and what different planets are in our solar system. Participants also had the opportunity to learn inside a digital planetarium.
The camp follows GYSTC’s vision to promote interest and enthusiasm in science and the technologies among elementary and middle school teachers and students. Through “The Sky’s The Limit” day camp, students are exposed to astronomy at a young age.
“We don’t emphasize the lessons only through arts and crafts,” continued Leake. “The planetarium is open for the children to visit every day, and we are going to have Craig Exner, who teaches at Moreland Elementary, as a guest speaker as well. He will be talking about rockets and robots. The chance to see and hear all of these things really opens the child’s mind to the world of science around them and peaks an interest that not too many children are able to get.”
For more information about the GYSTC, its camps or other programs such as school field trips, visit the GYSTC website at www.shenandoahgystc.org .