Cornell University and 4-H Camp Bristol Hills offer Food Science and STEM Camp

March 19, 2013

Note: This is the first in a series of posts on STEM camps in the Finger Lakes Region.


Jim Hooper

4-H Camp Bristol Hills  is excited to be offering two great opportunities for campers interested in STEM in 2013.  Our traditional STEM Camp returns and we will also be featuring an encore presentation of our Food Science Camp.

The Food Science Camp will be held July 7-12, and will be presented by Cornell University Department of Food Science Doctoral candidate, Travis Chapin and Alicia Orta-Ramirez, PhD.  This program digs deep into the issues of food science, food safety, and 4-H Energy CSI technologies.  Campers make ice cream and cheese, while experimenting with different ingredients and different formulas to explore the affects that each has on the final product.  They unravel the myster

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ies of milk, stripping it down to strings at the molecular level, and even use GIS mapping technologies to investigate a mock outbreak of a food-borne disease!

Our STEM Camp is being offered July 21-26, under the guidance of the Cornell Center for Materials Research and the Cornell Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics.  Campers will be building catapults, learning about hard drives, and making edible glass while graduate students facilitate experiments in forensic science, explore the sounds of science, and help campers to build crystal radios.

4-H Camp Bristol Hills is proud to be a member of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub because we believe that STEM literacy is increasingly becoming a prerequisite for active and informed citizenship.  As the global workforce demands change, the need to improve the knowledge and application of STEM disciplines will only grow.  We believe that Out of School Time (OST) programs like those that are part of the 4-H STEM mission mandate, are already investing in the nation’s youngest minds, and can be a fantastic opportunity to support the work of our fellow educators in the classroom setting.  The Hub provides us a central point where traditional and non-traditional educators can connect, and work together towards a common goal.

4-H Camp Bristol Hills  is owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County.  Jim Hooper is the 4-H Resource Educator for 4-H Camp Bristol Hills.   He is a member of the New York State 4-H STEM Program Work Team, and the New York State 4-H Geospatial Science Executive Team.