Students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District are making teaching and learning science fun at the inaugural launch of Summer Science Camp held this year at the Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) campus in Riverside CA.
Weekly camp participants divide time between experiments in the newly-constructed campus greenhouse, data collection, analysis, and also manage to get in outdoor games and science-related crafts they will take home at the camp’s conclusion.
Camp counselors, who were in charge of putting it all together, are all part of the TVHS Biosustainability Club. Students in the club developed all the curriculum for the camp, including the experiments, crafts, and outdoor activities.
The project’s major sponsor is the California Teachers Association Institute For Teaching, that awarded a 20 thousand dollar grant last year that was used in the construction of both the greenhouse and aquaponics system.
The aquaponics system uses recycled fish waste to grow both fresh produce and fish. Summer campers measure PH and nitrate levels, feed the fish in the tanks, and check the growth of plants in the grow beds.
A local parent shared her delight with her two son’s excitement over the week-long camp on Instagram, saying it “…was an awesome Biosustainability Science Camp at TVHS. Nothing beats hearing your children come home talking about the Earth’s crust, different gases, habitats, etc.!”