Astronaut Dr Bernard Harris visited us today and all the campers gave him a rousing welcome. He shared his vision for the camp and encouraged us all to follow our dreams and make this world a better place to live.
Dr Harris takes questions from an eager crowd
Many campers gave him a warm welcome
Planning our escape from Harris Island
Putting our raft to the test
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp 2010
Sunday was a day of relaxation. In the morning some campers had visits with their families, while others spent the morning exploring Peavey Arboretum. In the Afternoon we visited Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, then had a barbecue at Walnut Park.
Many families came to visit OSU Mission Control Sunday. Campers were happy to see their families, and are eager show off final projects Friday.
The "Sparred Owl" with this volunteer is a hybrid between the Spotted Owl and the Barred Owl
Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilation volunteer tells the camper about the turkey vulture that they have at the center
Captain Mike, Director Robin's husband, commanded the BBQ grill!
After the BBQ we had time to play and be kids. Even future scientists need free time!
Saturday we all loaded up on the school bus and headed off to Newport where we visited the Hatfield Marine Science Center, then had some fun time at the beach. At the science center we had a class in “animal adaptations” and got to see and handle a bunch of interesting critters from the tide pools along the Oregon coast. We also got to tour the science center and see all the cool displays about the ocean and were able to touch more tide pool critters in the touch tank.
Up close and personal with critters in the tidepools!
In the Animal Adaptations class we got to handle crabs, sea stars and urchins and other cool marine life.
Between classes and touring the Hatfield Marine Science Center we enjoyed great weather while having lunch.
Lovely Liz the Lizard Lady brought many of her scaly friends to visit camp Friday evening. Liz, an educator and expert on reptiles and amphibians, taught the campers about her favorite subject; then as many campers as wanted to got to hold all the various snakes, lizards, turtles, geckos and alligators that they wanted to. A great way for the campers to learn that reptiles need to be “respected”, but not necessarily “feared”.
Tortoise takin it's time...
Earth creatures which visited our dorm included snakes, turtles, lizards and an alligator named Nero.
Some of the campers had teeth as sharp as the critters!
This snake was popular among the campers,as the smile on this camper shows.
Today we began applying what we’ve learned so far by starting to plan our “Mission to Mars”. To kick of the day we had a visit from the NASA Education Specialist, Tony Leavitt.
NASA outreach education coordinator Tony Leavitt talked about some NASA programs, and Mars exploration. He told us about the INSPIRE program, which lets high school students be interns at the Ames laboratory.
Mr. Levitt’s presentation had really interesting pictures taken on Mars. As engineers we could design vehicles like the Spirit and Opportunity.
Today we got an introduction to our mission for next week. We were given cards with details about components to go into our spacecraft.
Everyone received a NASA sticker, which was a popular gift.
Tomorrow we head for the coast and Sunday we’ll be at Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation center… Then we’ll spend all next week planning for our trip to Mars!