Week 4 - Planet Pals

 Campers had a "hands-on experience" with Mother Nature while on a field trip to the Pinellas Solid Waste Management facility!

Campers had a "hands-on experience" with Mother Nature while on a field trip to the Pinellas Solid Waste Management facility!

This week's theme was Planet Pals and campers at Great Explorations explored the earth and the sun, the weather, our natural resources and recycling.

 Campers explored color and patterns while picking out beads for a bracelet.

Campers explored color and patterns while picking out beads for a bracelet.

 Nanoparticles in the dye change shape (and therefore color) when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Nanoparticles in the dye change shape (and therefore color) when exposed to ultraviolet light.

 

 

While our daily rain showers sometimes interfere with our outside activities, they also help things grow.

 Campers prepare a mystery grass craft. 

Campers prepare a mystery grass craft. 

 Hmmm. What do you think it will be?

Hmmm. What do you think it will be?

 They created homemade chia pets!!! They are so excited to watch them grow "hair!"

They created homemade chia pets!!! They are so excited to watch them grow "hair!"

 Stringing beads took lots of patience and concentration.

Stringing beads took lots of patience and concentration.

Finally it was time to add very special UV-reactive beads to their bracelets. Not only are they cool and beautiful, but they also will help keep campers' skin safe. When the beads change color in the sun, the UV rays are strong enough to burn their skin - time to apply sunscreen or cover up!

Even in the Sunshine State we see a lot of different kinds of weather. Campers made weather wheels to keep track of what weather they observed each day.

Speaking of pets, they are an important part of our planet too! Campers made plant and animal mosaics. 

 Campers used tiles made up of images of plants and animals to create nature-themed, earth-tone mosaics.

Campers used tiles made up of images of plants and animals to create nature-themed, earth-tone mosaics.

 Our four year old campers were so proud of the garden-themed pinwheels they decorated with markers and foam shapes!

Our four year old campers were so proud of the garden-themed pinwheels they decorated with markers and foam shapes!

The campers' exploration of wind started with decorating wooden garden-themed pinwheels and then tied in to the presentation from Pinellas Solid Waste Management as a way to start understanding wind as a renewable energy resource.

 Decorating pinwheels with permanent markers. 

Decorating pinwheels with permanent markers. 

As you can see, campers at  Great Ex have a lot of opportunities to be creative, express themselves, and have fun, whether it's in the classroom or in the museum!

 Yellow and blue make green...but what do yellow and green make? They make some really cool glasses!

Yellow and blue make green...but what do yellow and green make? They make some really cool glasses!

The creative fun and learning at Great Explorations Summer Camp is possible with the Support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

Stay tuned next week for Mystery in the Museum!