Un-Camp! Learn science. Do science. Have fun with science!
Join us for fun science activities (below) that you can do with an instructor-virtually!
You can ask questions and speak to our experts at Virginia Tech.
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Below are the "Uncamp" activities!
Have you ever wondered how your brain makes sense of all the things your eyes see? We will use optical illusions, brain games, and a test of your throwing skills to show you how your amazing brain can learn new things quickly and adapt to the world around you!
In this session, you will learn the basics of plate tectonics and how GPS stations are used to measure ground movements. The presentation will incorporate a "Graham Cracker Tectonics" activity to demonstrate types of tectonic plate boundaries. We will also use gumdrops and toothpicks to create "GPS stations" to mimic how GPS is used to track surface motions.
In this session, you will learn about game theory, the mathematical approach to understanding how people make decisions. You’ll play games like Rock-Paper-Scissors and Tic-Tac-Toe and discuss what makes a winning strategy. You’ll see how these strategies drive the pricing and location decisions of companies, the fight between streaming services, the reasons behind our inability to fight global warming, and why such things matter for us. This session will focus on the intersection of Game Theory and Economics.
Learn how plants store solar energy! The energy of the sun breaks the chemical bonds in water to release O2 and H2, which plants then use to make sugar and to power most forms of life on earth! In this session, you will use energy from a battery (as a very tiny “sun”) to replicate the same process and gain a better understanding of how chemical bonds govern our physical and biological world.