By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
Local students received a summer dose of math and science from July 8-12 during the ENMU Talent Search Math and Science Camp 2013.
The week-long camp was held on the campus of ENMU for incoming ninth-grade students from Clovis and Portales.
Doris Anaya, director of the TRiO program at ENMU, said Talent Search is one of three programs TRiO offers to assist students from sixth grade through the college level.
“Our program is designed to help students achieve graduation (from high school), go to college and graduate from college,” says Anaya.
The students who attended camp got the opportunity to do math- and science-related projects in a classroom setting, as well as go on two field trips.
“We went to a windmill farm out in Elida,” said Anaya.
“They were pretty fun,” said Cynthia Quiroz, 14, of the field trips. “We got to see the wind turbines and how they work, what they do, and how they’re built.”
On the final day of the camp, the campers were rewarded with a day trip to Albuquerque, where they visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the Planetarium and Astronomy Center.
“Friday was the best trip. I learned about the stars and constellations,” said Micheal Jones, 15.
“They had a lot of cool stuff,” said Adan Garcia, 14. “They had information about dinosaurs, fossils, and bugs. It was real fun.”
Students got to do projects where they made lava lamps, foamy fountains, and even slime.
“We made slime out of glue, water, and borax. It was fun,” Jones said.
The students made ice cream too, according to Quiroz.
“My favorite part was making ice cream. We took coffee creamer, ice, water, and salt and mixed it in a bowl for about 30 minutes,” said Quiroz.
In addition to experiments and field trips, students got to use microscopes, heard from guest speakers, watched educational videos, and received career counseling in science and mathematics fields. The camp was free and the fifteen participating students were provided lunch daily.
“We want the kids to think about the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields because that is where all of the jobs will be when they graduate,” said Anaya.