The summer science camp, Sensing our World '99, was offered July 12 - 16 and July 19 - 23. Twenty seven students from Ingham, as well as surrounding counties participated in the camp this year. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities students learned science using different kinds of sensors. For projects, students built their own detectors, such as lie detector, burglar alarm and infra red light detector. The topics included sound, optics, heat, simple circuit, magnetism and nuclear radiation. Students had lunch with a faculty member from the Center for Sensor Materials everyday. They learned about each others' work during the informal lunch hour.
Among the many activities, students visited the handicapper service
in the main library at Michigan State University to learn about the sensors
used for handicapped students. Students also visited National Superconducting
Cyclotron Laboratory at the campus and learned about the kinds of detectors
used at the facility. A firefighter from the Lansing Community College
showed fire sensors. Two officers from Michigan State University police
department showed how radar detectors work. Students were also introduced
to Alex, a bomb sniffing police dog from the K-9 unit. Alex demonstrated
how he uses his most natural sensor, the nose, to sniff explosives.