Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014 in STEM

BUGS Summer Camp 2014 in STEM was a lot of fun!  The students learned about soil and it's components -- 1) rocks, 2) air, 3) water, and 4) humus.  They learned about soil texture and how it is dependent on the mixture of sand, silt, and clay.

Students also spent a considerable amount of time dissecting flowers to understand the different parts and what they do.  The boys went on a "Flower Scavenger Hunt" to find as many different kinds of flowers as they could on campus.  Check out the picks below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BUGS Girls Visit Proctor & Gamble

The BUGS Summer of 2014 has been awesome!  And one of the awesome-est things we have done this summer is visit the Proctor & Gamble Cosmetics facility in Hunt Valley, MD.

As a result of a connection made at a STEM symposium, I was able to arrange a visit for the BUGS girls to see all the different STEM activities that go into making cosmetics at Proctor & Gamble.  Thanks to hard work by Stacey Mannes at P&G, we received presentations on what makes a good moisturizer, understanding what consumers want, and how to find out what kind of foreign objects might get into lipstick base and a demonstration of a 3-D printer.  It was all very cool!

All of the presentations were great but I think the 3-D printer demonstration was the biggest hit.

Also, the folks at P&G were not only generous with their time but they also gave us goodie bags and Taylor Swift t-shirts and provided lunch!  They also praised our students as well-behaved, curious, and engaged!  Yay!!!  BUGS!!!

Top Photo: The Proctor & Gamble Cosmetics entrance sign.
Bottom Photo: Ms. Kadija and Ms. Neta with the BUGS girls showing off our goodie bags and
t-shirts on the Proctor & Gamble steps.