Nicholson, Team CHAOS to hold camp

Published 2:21 pm Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Local children and their parents can begin applying for a local science based camp where children can learn about rockets, robotics and building underwater vehicles.

Team CHAOS mentor and Nicholson Elementary teacher Maureen Pollitz said the camp will be funded by Team CHAOS and Stennis Space Center through NASA in conjunction with NAVOCEANO.

The camp will accept a total of 50 children from grades fourth to ninth. Pollitz said she already has received 10 applications, and spaces will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Applications will be accepted until all empty spots are filled.

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Children participating in the camp will learn about various science related topics. Younger children will learn about  robotics, rockets and Newton’s laws. Older children will learn how to construct an underwater robot from scratch and how to implement buoyancy from the Navy Research Laboratory at NAVO.

Members of Team CHAOS and local teachers will be at the camp to help teach children about science. CHAOS members have participated in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology competitions over the past several years, which requires them to have a knowledge of science and robotics.

Pollitz said the camp will work under the same goal of FIRST, to promote local children to have an interest in learning about science and technology.

Pollitz said the camp will be held from Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Applications for the camp can be found at the Picayune Separate Municipal School District superintendent’s office on Goodyear Boulevard.

Team CHAOS hopes to be able to hold this camp every year, Pollitz said.