Environmental Camp-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, August 24, 2009

Environmental Camp

Twenty-four students from the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Community Activity Center participated in a week long environmental-themed camp hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences on July 13 – 16.

The week’s activities included determining if green cleaners were more effective than regular cleaners and analyzing how some fish adapt to their environment by changing color. Additionally, students studied the effects of second hand smoke on yeast and learned how to determine if predator insects are affecting trees in the Pittsburgh area. Natural dyes extracted from plants and berries were also used by all participants to create tie-dye t-shirts.

Furthermore, the camp involved a weeklong project that required the students to revitalize a discarded packaging item by redesigning its use. During the final day of the camp, the new products were displayed and/or demonstrated at a recycling fair.

Teaching Professor Carrie Doonan directed the camp, while numerous undergraduate teaching assistants from the department oversaw the daily activities.

This camp was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)’s Undergraduate Science Education Program and an HHMI Science Education Grant.

Click for more photographs from the outreach event.