STEAM Camp birdwatchers

Assistant professor of biology Paul Skrade led the UIU STEAM Camp participants in the "Bird is the Word" session at Fayette Campus on Monday, June 17.

Northeast Iowa youth have the opportunity this week to further discover how fun it can be to study, explore and experiment within the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) during Upper Iowa University’s annual youth camp at its Fayette Campus. The program began today (Monday, June 17).

While working alongside Upper Iowa professors and undergraduate students, camp participants participate in hands-on experiences within each of the fields of study. The full list of project areas and instructors are as follows:

  • Adventures in Astronomy – Planets and telescopes and stars, oh my!  Come get to know our universe and your place within it in this stellar activity. (Professor of chemistry Jeff Butikofer)
  • Light and Vision – Explore how light behaves as both a particle and a wave. Also, learn how the human eye captures light so that we can see. (Associate professor of biology William Jones)
  • Bird is the Word – What makes a bird a bird? Get up close and personal with bird specimens and look for birds in UIU’s natural areas. (Assistant professor of biology Paul Skrade)
  • Cyber Camp – Learn how computer programming and robots come together to develop fun and useful solutions to problems. (Associate professor of information technology James Jacobs)
  • Art and Nature – Explore incorporating objects from nature in art objects. (Associate professor of art Elissa Wenthe)
  • Color Chromatography – Discover hidden colors in flies and plants. (Assistant professor of biology Rebecca Schmidt)

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