Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday - July 29

Thursday was a really busy day working on final crew presentations, building gliders, visiting the Planetarium and Texas Tech Museum and finally enjoying a Star Party. 

Each crew will present their solution to the Core Problem Dr. Marcy introduced to them the past couple of days.  This morning I spoke with them about exploring free educational software online and introduced them to Google Docs.  We went over the presentation function in Google Docs for their crew presentations and discussed the criteria and tips for a successful presentation. They worked in their crews for several hours designing, developing, and finalizing their presentations and are ready to share what they have learned with you in the closing ceremony Friday.

In the afternoon, Scott Smith led the group through viewing portions of a video on the Silent Wings Glider program followed by making simple gliders and testing their accuracy and distance. This helped to familiarize the campers with the Silent Wings program before they visited the Silent Wings Museum Friday afternoon. 

Campers were treated to a visit to the Moody Planetarium and Texas Tech Museum for the rest of the afternoon and then it was back to the dorm for some down time before the Star Party.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful evening for the Star Party at Tech Terrance.  Tom Heisey and the South Plains Astronomy Club were wonderful hosts and we appreciate them sharing their equipment and knowledge with the campers. 

It was late when we returned, but the night counselors wanted to make the last night of camp fun and hosted a pizza party. Not sure when the last eye was finally shut! 

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