According to Gracen Norris, 7, and her two teammates, building a “clean machine” is pretty straight forward.
All you need is a Pringles can, a glass jar, a cup, pipe cleaners and a little bit of Play-Doh. It works like this: the object that needs to be cleaned falls through a cup, into a jar, while being cleaned by pipe cleaners.
At least, ideally.
“We haven’t tested it yet,” Gracen said. “But we think it looks cool.”
Gracen is one of about 600 students who will participate in East Allen County Schools’ Camp Invention during the next few weeks.
The camp, which is part of a national program, runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Prince Chapman Academy. The goal of the program is to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math. Students spend their day traveling to four different sessions, where they create their own inventions using VCRs, stereos, projectors and other gadgets, build miniature cities, create balloon popping machines, and play science games.
“It’s very hands on,” teacher and site director Denise Geise said. “We have kids say, ‘I wish school could be like this all the time!’ ”
The free camp, which serves students in grades one through seven, mainly serves students at Prince Chapman and Southwick Elementary who qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch. However, spots are still open for students in third, fifth, sixth and seventh grades.
Students entering third and fifth grades can attend from today through June 29 and students entering sixth and seventh grades can attend from July 9 to 13. All courses are taught by EACS teachers.
“It’s really fun,” said Aldair Hernandez-Jose, 7. “I like working with tools and watching the balloon go ‘boom!’ ”
•Registration at Northwest Allen will take place from Aug. 6 though Aug. 13. Visit www.nacs.k12.in.us/ for more information.
•Rose L. Boneff, Director of Clinical Care Education for the Respiratory Care Program at Ivy Tech Northeast, received the annual President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.
•Hunter Jones, Kaydance Palm, Jasmine Pilkinton, Matt Miller and Myah VanCamp were named East Allen County Schools elementary art winners.
•Andrea Geyer, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saint Francis, received a Scholarship of Engagement Faculty Grant from Indiana Campus Compact for her proposal, “Protecting Our Children: Lead Poisoning Awareness and Testing Campaign.”
•Representatives of the Physician Assistant Student Society at the University of Saint Francis received free travel to Dallas to accept a Student Leadership Award and $5,000 grant from the Jenzabar Foundation to continue their work in Haiti.
•Homestead High School junior Steven Buuck was the 12 winner and Bishop Luers sophomore Samuel Stein was the 10 winner at the American Mathematics Competition hosted by the University of Saint Francis.
•Meredith Colpaert, Kaden Adair, Joey (Josefina) Rastrelli, Blaine Duff, Morgan Howatt, Maggie Nussbaum, Kylee Roe, Colin Subler, Karris Sigler, Lena Alt, Brayden Gilbert and Melody Everett were regional winners of the 2012 PBS Kids GO! Young Writers Contest.
•Grace College’s Weber School at Fort Wayne invites families to attend an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at 1027 W. Rudisill Blvd. To R.S.V.P. and for more information about the open house event, call 260-469-4070 or email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•To assist prospective students who are still searching for the right college for fall 2012, the admissions office will host an On-the-Spot Warrior Accept Day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Fort Wayne campus. Students will have the opportunity to apply and get an acceptance decision the same day. They also will be able to take a tour of campus and apply for financial aid. For more information, contact the admissions office at 422-5561 or 800-937-2448 ext. 2205. To register for the event, visit www.IndianaTech.edu/events.
•Women of all ages are invited to join a “Tapestry Walk the Talk” weekly walking group to connect and socialize through fitness. Walk the Talk is a 12-week program, from July 10 through Sept. 27, designed to help women create positive, healthy habits and prepare for the Fort4Fitness 4-mile walk/run or 10K event, which will be Sept. 29. Registration is open to all females 7 years and older. The $20 non-refundable fee includes a starter kit, training booklet and a T-shirt. Registrations will be accepted through Friday, and are available at ipfw.edu/tapestry. For more information, contact Judy Tillapaugh, wellness and fitness director, at 481-6647 or email@example.com.