Jamie Foster Laboratory
Objective of the Science & Stromatolite Camp:
The overall goal of this summer science camp was to work with local Bahamian educators to promote scientific literacy and awareness in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas. We wanted to expose students to the fundamentals of the scientific method and have them start to design and complete their own experiments.
We also wanted the students to increase their awareness of environmental sustainability. The Bahamian economy replies heavily on tourism requiring the country to balance land development with environmental protection. The educators from YMBS helped translate many of the global environmental issues into a Bahamian context that students could relate to. Little Darby Island, Bahamas
Organizers of the Science & Stromatolite Camp
This camp was established through a collaborative effort between the University of Florida, Young Bahamian Marine Scientists, University of Miami, and the Danguillecourt Project (http://tropicbirds.org).
Specifically the efforts of:
University of Florida
Pam Reid, University of Miami, The Danguillecourt Project
Young Bahamian Marine Scientists
Alina Chester, University of Florida
Ashleigh Braynen, Plymouth State University-YBMS intern
The organizers would also like to give a special thanks to the Darby Island Caretaker Wendell McKenzie and YBMS volunteer George Allen for their assistance during the camp. We would also like to thank Farmer’s Cay government representative Aiden Burrows for his support of our camp
L-R: George Allen, Wendell McKenzie, Aiden Burrows
Activities & Presentations
Camp Activity Overview
Here is an overview of the activities we planned for the science camp. We tried to balance traditional lectures with creative, engaging activities that reinforced the scientific concepts.
Student Presentations & Community Outreach
On the final day of the camp we invited parents and members of the local community to hear students presentation. Students were asked make a presentation about something they learned about in camp. Here are examples of some of the student presentations.
Darby News Flash - DNA and the Genetic Code
Written by Jamal Williamson and Theodore Bastian
Students learned about DNA and how it can be used to identify organisms
Invasive Species: the lionfish – “Territory Strikes”
Written by Simeon Bain and performed by Simeon Bain, Jamal Williamson, Juwan Rolle, and Vardo McKenzie.
Camp Scrapbook Video
“Bahamian Music” by Chris “Dry Bread” Ferguson
We would like to thank the YBMS program for providing the logistics and financial support for the student transportation and food for the camp. We would also like to thank NASA and the Summer of Innovation program for providing some of the educational materials that were used in the camp curriculum. The Galileoscope used in the Community Stargazing evening were donated by Jaydeep Mukhergee and the GE Foundation. Lastly, we would to thank the Little Darby Research Station director Pam Reid for donating the use of the lab for the camp activities.
Jamie Foster Ph.D.
University of Florida
Dept. Microbiology & Cell Science
Space Life Science Lab
Merritt Island, FL 32953
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