Superior Science camps returning this summer

 Photo of two girls holding their creations.

Aurora Dusolt, left, and Hannah Suslyk were building lighthouses at last summer’s Girls Week, held before social distancing measures were introduced. This year’s camp will include precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

June 26, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Superior Science is pleased to announce that it will hold summer camps at Lakehead University throughout July and August, starting July 6.

After COVID-19 caused the cancellation of all Superior Science programming from March through June, including Girls Club and Code Clubs as well as remote outreach endeavours, staff are excited to be having in-person camps this summer.

They have been working around the clock over the past two months to ensure that staff are prepared to run the summer camps.

Although the camps may be different this year, Superior Science still has many fun activities planned for all campers.

“We are all extremely excited and eager to start our summer camps,” said Michael Coccimiglio, Superior Science Director. “We have worked countless hours preparing for this summer and cannot wait to welcome everyone back.”

“Right from the beginning, we recognized the need for childcare and STEM activities for children,” said Isabella Sgambelluri, Superior Science Director.

“Students have been learning virtually for the past few months, and with parents starting to return to work, and children itching to get some hands-on activities, Superior Science is the perfect option for most young people,” she said.

Dr. Mary-Louise Hill, Faculty Advisor, said Superior Science has been bringing summer campers onto campus for more than 20 years to experience the excitement of hands-on science activities.

“The goal is for campers to have fun while building confidence and competence in science and technology skills,” Dr. Hill said.

“Many campers come back year after year. We hope some of them might return someday to study at Lakehead, and graduate to become our own homegrown scientists, engineers, doctors, foresters, etc.,” she said.

One of this year’s biggest changes is that they will not have groups of more than 10 individuals, which includes eight campers and two instructors. Superior Science will also not allow any staff or campers to mingle with other groups. Staff will ensure that campers maintain proper physical distancing within each group to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Staff have designed all of this summer’s activities to allow room for physical distancing, whether that means working outside or in the classroom. You can find more health and safety information at superiorscience.ca.

Superior Science would not be possible without the support of its major sponsors, Impala Canada and Ontario Power Generation, and supporting sponsors, Lakehead University, the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, the Lakehead University Student Union, Scotiabank, Staples, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Double Blue Promotions, Able Energy Management and Design, Resolute Forest Products, Dr. Bruce R. Pynn, PHA Engineering, Premier Gold Mines Ltd, and Iron Range.

You can find registration information at superiorscience.ca.

 

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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.