FREE–MESA BRIDGE CAMP FOR RISING 7TH AND 8TH GRADE GIRLS!
Girls in the Charlottesville area who will be in 7th or 8th grade in Fall,
2015 are eligible to participate in this FREE summer camp led by MESA (the
Math, Engineering, and Science Academy at Albemarle High School). MESA
Bridge Camp aims to provide a real-life experience with STEM to students by
designing and building a bridge, and also seeks to build connections between
local middle and high school students.
The camp runs from July 27th to 31st, 2015, from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the
Albemarle High School/ Bridge Site at Leonard Sandridge Road
For the first half of the week, camp participants will learn physics and
math concepts related to bridge design from current MESA students. Camp
participants will be taught interactively and cooperatively through both
presentation-style teaching and teamwork in smaller groups on projects that
will let participants apply new knowledge. These projects will include model
bridge building and testing, and a small research project, which will give
participants the opportunity to teach themselves as well as their peers and
to practice presentation skills.
The camp experience will culminate with the designing and building of a
wooden pedestrian bridge on the Rivanna Trail. At the end of the week,
participants will be able to see how their hard work will pay off, and how
they can use their talents in math and science to serve the community.