SCIENCE INSTITUTE OF DISCOVERY
Margaret Ingram, Instructor
Summer Camp Course
(Completed for 2017)
Click to View 2017 Science Summer Camp
(Video by George Ingram)
What is the Science Institute of Discovery?
The Science Institute of Discovery, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that instructor Margaret Ingram formed to inspire minority students to become more interested and involved in the field of science. In its seventeenth year of implementation, the Institute endeavors to provide opportunities to fulfill these goals during the summer term. Fifty students were able to take part in the camp this year.
The mission is to stimulate an interest in science among minority and disadvantaged children; create educational training opportunities, and to encourage a career in science to improve the student's lives and contribute to the betterment of the community.
The 2017 Camp focused on “STEAM/STEM” subjects, learning through reviewing current technological industries as well as planning and implementing their own models. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.)
Ingram's classes kept the children interested and engaged by teaching them the three R's--Robotics, Roller coasters and Rockets. Students learned through classroom participation as well as on-site tours of Kennedy Space Center, Indian River State College, the Gifford docks and the CVS Distribution Center.
As students worked together to learn the basics of building projects, they learned the value of project testing, following instructions carefully and being patient. Patience especially came into play when they were constructing a miniature Mega Roller Coaster as a group. The model had to be constantly calibrated and adjusted to have various sized balls complete the journey along the length of the track to its end.
At the end of the camp, parents and friends were invited to an open house to view the completed projects; watch a video of camp activities and look on as the student's received their Certificates of Completion.