By David Adelman
The world of science captured on the television or computer screens seen through a child's eyes is a fascinating one, until that child becomes a disillusioned college student when learning that the science portrayed through the media is not the real science.
That is why Westmounter Nigel Penney has been spearheading a project to empower students to get involved in real science at an early age. The new Westmount Science Camp, in collaboration with the Westmount Sports and Recreation Department, McGill University, the Redpath Museum and Westmount High School, will be opening its laboratory doors this coming summer for children between the ages of 6 and 13.
"I was so excited when this project was approved because it's a dream come true," said Penney, the science director for the new Westmount Science Camp. "I have always enjoyed teaching children, and there is a great need for a place that will be more than just a camp, but a training ground for a child's educational development. Deep down, I truly believe children can be very interested in science if it's presented well."
The camp will be staffed with science professionals and student volunteers from McGill University from various science backgrounds. With the guidance from this team of scientists, students enrolled at the camp will have guided hands-on experience with the real world of science.
A camp session will last for two weeks and will include a field trip hosted by the Redpath Museum. The age groups for the camp will be 6 and 7, 8 to10, and11 to13. "We hope to open the children's eyes to the real world of science and spark a passion that can lead them all to the sciences at the university level," said Penney.