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In summer 2013, the ESF SCIENCE program served 163 Syracuse City youth during 5 weeks of camp, and an additional 107 students through single day programs. Partners for camp weeks included the Syracuse City School District, the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, & Youth, 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 2013 Science Corps was made possible in part through financial support from First Niagara Bank, and a NY State Department of Education Smart Scholars Early College High School Program with the Syracuse City School District. Additional day programs served students from Danforth, The Dunbar Center, and Reach CNY working the South West Community Center and Hillside.
The 2013 summer camps included a week with Nottingham High School, a SCSD Smart Scholars, Early College High Schools that ESF is working with through the SCSD's two NY State Department of Education Grants. The summer program with Nottingham helps build interest in science and the students from Nottingham can explore science further and earn credits from SUNY-ESF through the ESF in the High School Program during the school year. This summer also included the second offering of the All Hands on Science program in collaboration with SU, OCC, SCSD, and 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. The All Hands on Science Program featured a schedule of activities developed by the Science Corps in collaboration with several SCSD teachers, and was designed to reinforce SCSD science curriculum and the the process of using the scientific method.
This year's SCIENCE program highlights included fish surveys in Onondaga Lake, animal footprint casts, phase change chemistry, entomology, alternative energy projects, stream ecology, a program with NY State Parks on the American Hart's Tongue Fern, investigations of the gray and black squirrel morphs, and activities on ESF's campus.
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.