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Other voices: Sign up for Imaginarium’s summer camps

The Imaginarium of Nevada County, a community project of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools’ office, is offering science-related summer camps for the eighth year. The quality of the camps over the years has culminated in a reputation for outstanding programs with excellent teacher-counselors. This summer, June 18 through Aug. 3, the Imaginarium is offering 15 camps. Wow! Topics are varied. Some have been offered before, but there is always something fun, new, creative, technical and/or scientific. Ages of camp participants vary from 6 to 18 years old. It is advised that you make reservations early, as all camps have class-size restrictions and tend to fill up rapidly.

Back by popular demand are Down on the Farm for 6-, 7-, and 8-year-olds, taught by Lisa Bjorn and Marney Blair of Fulcrum Farm; First Aid & Emergency Preparedness and Red Cross-certified Baby Sitting Certification, taught by Nurse and Health Educator Sharyn Turner; Recording & Production in a Sound Studio (two weeks this year), taught by Erin Gailsdaughter and Michael Logue of SunSound Studio; Science You Can Eat: Sophisticated Chemistry to Creative Cookery and It’s Sunsational! Solar Motors, Science & Arts, taught by Ela Robertson and Bill Cullingford.

The Imaginarium has eight new camps to brag about. Two of these camps are inspired by the Imaginarium special exhibit “BODY PARTS: How We Work.” The Imaginarium is proud to introduce a new teacher on the block, Lauren MacDonell, who will unleash a new generation of investigative scientists with Eat Your DNA and Who Done It? Ð Solve a Mystery with Science!



Snappy Camp: Digital Photography with a Snap and a Twist, will be an exploration of photography through creating a pin wheel camera, processing prints, using an enlarger, digital photography and more. Shannon Perry of Exposure Gallery in Nevada City will be leading this camp at the gallery. What a privilege!

If you know the Imaginarium’s Operations Manager Helena Heinzelman, you’ll want your child to be in her camp along with textiles expert Kathy Folsom. Participants can catch the sewing bug by learning about plants, fiber, and insects, all while learning how to sew some fun projects that they get to take home. Boys are welcome and encouraged to attend.




A small group of 12- to 18-year-old girls will leave camp with singing hearts after they’ve had a rewarding week in SunSound Studio with Creative Director Erin Gailsdaughter and singer-songwriter Sage duSoleil. This Girls Singing & Recording Camp does not require any experience, just a love of singing, a desire to learn about supporting others in a creative process, how to set-up and use live microphones and headphones, how to record and much more.

Return of the Dinosaurs with Sarah Schwartz should make our 6-, 7-, and 8-year-olds as happy as a Giganotosaurus on a walk through the woods with his young friends. Some activities will include making a diorama, sculpting clay dinos and going on a dig.

In Science of Sound: Harps, Strings, & Other Things, students will learn the scientific fundamentals of sound with a focus on building and going home with an instrument (most likely a harp) built from a kit designed by instructor Bill Cullingford. Participants will complete physics experiments and related projects involving Celtic knot patterns, and they will create a design for the sound box of their instruments.

Local artist and well-known teacher Sharon Griffiths has a following of her own. Don’t miss this opportunity to take her well-integrated art and science class Bugs, Butterflies, & Creatures Unknown to finish off your summer with a buzz.

The Imaginarium camp schedule is available on the NCSOS Web site, http://www.nevco.k12.ca. To be on the Imaginarium mailing list, write to helena@nevco.k12.ca.us or call 478-6400, ext. 231. Provide your e-mail address, snail-mail address and telephone number in order to receive public announcements of programs and events. You can reserve a space for camp online or on the telephone. You can be assured – the Imaginarium is a great place to spend part of your day!

Judith L. Nielsen is the director of the Imaginarium, the assistant to the superintendent and the secretary of the board of education.


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