Thomas Jefferson science and math summer camp

Published 4:55 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Addison Conn, John Kean, Sully Carpenter, Trevor Murphy and Daniel Federici cook food in their solar oven nicknamed “Heaven’s Flame.” (photo submitted)

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA): A Challenge Foundation Academy (CFA) held its third annual science and math summer camp from July 11 – 22.

The camp is funded by a grant from the Stonecutter Foundation and led by TJCA-CFA teachers Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Crawford, Dr. Ross and Mrs. Hess.

There were 16 eighth and ninth graders who participated in the two-week camp. Students constructed and launched small hot air balloons that flew about 100 feet high.

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Other projects included rockets, robots, trebuchets, CO2 cars and solar ovens. Students learned about various aspects of astronomy, genetics, physics, chemistry, probability and statistics.

The camp also included field trips to Catawba Science Center, local utility facilities and an archeological dig.

– article submitted by Joe Maimone