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In summer 2012, the ESF SCIENCE program served 160 Syracuse City youth during 6 weeks. Partners for camp weeks included the Syracuse City School District, the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, & Youth, YWCA Girls Inc., the Syracuse University Partnership for Education, the Onondaga Community College Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. The summer 2012 Science Corps was made possible through financial support from HSBC, and through 2 NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Program with the Syracuse City School District. The support from HSBC Bank has allowed ESF to run four weeks of Science Corps programs each summer for the last 3 years, serving over 360 Syracuse area youth during week long Science camps during that period.
The 2012 summer camps also included a week with The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central and a week with Nottingham High School, the two SCSD Smart Scholars, Early College High Schools that ESF is working with through the SCSD's two NY State Department of Education Grants. This summer also included the first time simultaneous collaboration with SU, OCC, SCSD, and 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. to offer the Hands on Science program. The collaboration allowed us to simultaneously serve 67 students ranging from middle to high school.
This year's SCIENCE program highlights included fish surveys in Onondaga Lake, alternative energy projects, stream ecology, a program with NY State Parks on the American Hart's Tongue Fern, and activities on ESF's campus. Of particular note this year during the Onondaga Lake fish surveys were the large numbers of the invasive species the round goby caught. Although round goby were first observed in Onondaga Lake in 2010, this summer was the first time the Science Corps has seen them in large numbers. It provided a learning opportunity for the campers about the impacts of invasive species and the importance of following procedures to prevent their spread.
The ESF SCIENCE summer camp program achieves several of the targets outlined by the College's Vision 2020: A Better World Through Environmental Discovery and exposes Syracuse middle school students to science and environmental education. ESF SCIENCE, situated in local green spaces such as Elmwood Park and the Onondaga Creek corridor, helps students be more aware of urban environmental issues and motivates them to become involved in determining the outcomes of environmental problem solving. In addition, students are involved in service-learning projects that promote environmental stewardship, as students take pride in maintaining and improving the environment for their communities. Students learn in local green spaces that are relevant to their lives, a critical key for cultivating and sustaining interest in science during the middle school years and beyond. Our goal is to enrich student science learning using inquiry, experiential, and critical thinking approaches in the urban environment.