|EYES to the future|
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|Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:24|
Twenty-eight young students - from communities across the Southwest - took part in an innovative and challenging program last week aimed at sparking curiosity and developing lasting enthusiasm and interest in science, engineering and technology.
EYES (Educating Youth in Engineering & Science) is a science and engineering education program focused on serving youth in southern Saskatchewan.
It provides an opportunity for students entering Grade 4 through 9 to participate in a series of exciting, activity-based, fun-filled learning experiences.
The main camp is held on the U of R campus, but since EYES was established in 1995 it has expanded to include in-school workshops, day camps, overnight camps and satellite camps.
The program offers seven one-week camps during July and August to communities across southern Saskatchewan, including stops this summer in Estevan, Weyburn, Swift Current and Shaunavon.
The camp ran from Monday through Friday last week, with each day based on a particular theme in science, engineering, or technology. Shaunavon’s satellite camp featured Discovery Week Themes: Pranks, Exploring Space, Earth Power and Crime Stoppers.
Local participants, which drew youth from Shaunavon, Eastend, Frontier, Gull Lake, Swift Current and Webb, took part in a variety of activities such as building robots and wind-powered cars.
“We actually try and teach them as little as possible” smiled Kyle Webb, one of two EYES instructors leading last week’s camp. “We want them to figure things out for themselves - to experience things for themselves.”
Webb, who grew up in the community of Frontier, is a second year U of R education student who plans to be a science teacher.
“This is a dream job,” beamed Webb as he watched an exuberant table of kids work together on solving a problem. “Especially for someone like me who wants to be in science.”
Every summer EYES engages over 10,000 southern Saskatchewan youth through its varied events.
The EYES team is comprised of 16 instructors, split almost evenly between education and engineering students from the U of R.
Another EYES summer worker, Sotonye Igoniko, joined Webb in Shaunavon.
Igoniko is a native of Nigeria who is studying engineering at Regina.
The camp came to a conclusion Friday afternoon with parent ‘sharing time.’
The event capped off an exciting week at the Grand Coteau Centre. Another week-long event, this one an art camp led by Eastend artist Trea Jensen, also came to an end Friday afternoon as young students put on a special exhibit of their work. The kids also put on an entertaining drum presentation.