Institute for Curious Youth (ICY) at WCCC

Photo: Students from BRS & Indian Township doing experiments with Carey Friedman from Maine Maritime Academy. 

During the week of June 5-9, Seventh grade students from Beatrice Rafferty and Indian Township schools attended the Institute for Curious Youth (ICY) at Washington County Community College in Calais.  Activities for this year’s ICY were Ecological Knowledge with Tish Carr and the WAYS program, drone technology with Jen Lobley of the Cooperative Extension, Wind Blade Technology with Peter Zack from Energy and Climate Activities, CAD and 3D printing with Randy McCormick of WCCC, and Oceanic and Atmospheric Dynamics with Carey Friedman of Maine Maritime Academy.  In addition to these daily events, Rick Thompson from Bowdoin college brought along Leah Wilson, Kay Torry, and Emma Kane to assist with week-long science experiments that included dissection, DNA extraction, and testing on beta fish.  This exciting STEM camp has been enjoyed by seventh graders from local MIE schools for the past three years with the help of MIE’s Gear-Up funding.  We would like to thank Gear-Up for helping to make this happen for our students, WCCC for allowing us to use your beautiful campus for these activities and for giving us a tour of your college, and to all the above mentioned people for wanting to share your science and technology knowledge with our students.  We truly appreciate all that you share with our students!