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There were no major changes from the proposed project in content, length, or schedule. A
program brochure and camp schedule can be found in Appendix A. The 1996 NSD camp was
held at The College of St. Scholastica from July 8 through August 2, 1996. The camp included a
variety of hands-on science and math activities which were held in classrooms, science
laboratories, and the teaching computer laboratory. In addition, a number of off-campus field
trips were taken to expose students to other science institutions and professionals. Wherever
possible, and especially on the field trips, the instructors taught units which integrated their
various areas of expertise.
During the first week of camp, each student selected an instructor and a research topic on which
to work. The students learned how to construct a hypothesis, design and execute the experiment,
and report the results. The final week of camp, students made oral presentations on their projects
to parents, instructors, and peers. The presentations were enhanced by graphics and audiovisual
Throughout the camp, students were encouraged to work together and resolve differences, to
learn about diversity and respect others, and to appreciate new friends. The camp provided
participants with a special opportunity to develop relationships with other students interested in
NSD follow-up sessions, or reunions, continue to be an important feature of the program. This
year's reunion was held on Saturday, September 21, 1996, at St. Scholastica. Students spent the
day working on physics activities using pinhole cameras and hot air balloons. It was also a time
for catching up with "science buddies" from the summer session. We have found that the
friendships made during camp are lasting and supportive.
Attendance is an indicator of the impact that NSD has on the students. Sixteen enthusiastic
students from a one hundred mile radius showed up for this year's reunion. Distance driving is
unquestionably a consideration for parents bringing a child from a rural area to a one-day event.
The willingness of these parents to bring their children to a NSD reunion is an indication of the
importance that parents place on the camp experience.
As they completed the reunion evaluation survey, students were provided an opportunity to
reflect on their past summer's experience at NSD. Students were asked to respond to statements
including; "What I remember most about NSD is..." and "The most important thing about NSD,
for me, was..." Meeting new friends and learning more about science were frequent answers.
Program personnel included five instructors from The College of St. Scholastica and Duluth-area
schools. This allowed for a low student:adult ratio which promoted maximum learning
opportunities. The five instructors, the educational institutions where they teach, and their areas
of expertise are as follows:
St. Scholastica - 2
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