Erica Oliverira (L) and Jessica Vandenberg of Port
Elgin, Miranda Broughton of Tiverton, Danielle McBride of Kincardine,
and Allison Wilson of Tiverton hold up the chalky remains from the Acid
It was a week for girls to learn about engineering, math and science
at the GEMS Camp, put on by Women in Nuclear (WiN) - Bruce at the
Bruce Power Visitors' Centre Aug. 10-14.
It was a full camp with 25 girls, led by counsellors Rafia Waraich
and Sudduf Wyne, graduates of McMaster University.
Monday was the study of underwater creatures and space; Tuesday was
weather systems and earthquakes; Wednesday, the girls learned about
acids and "strange matters"; Thursday, it was biology, bubbling
plants and learning about a balanced diet; and the final day of
camp, the girls learned about mechanics, aqua-thrusters and "Girl
The camp ended Friday afternoon with an open house for the parents
to see what the girls had learned. There was also a fashion show by
the "Science Fashionistas" where the girls were divided into groups
and given a "scenario," such as white-water rafting, marathon runner
or jungle explorer, and were to design an outfit associated with
"This is a lot of fun," said Jessica Vandenberg of Port Elgin. "The
Acid Attack experiment was awesome. We had to take chalk and put it
in lemon juice, then in vinegar and then in water. Our lemon juice
one bubbled up and overflowed - that was cool."
"It was so neat to watch," said Abby McLeod of Kingston, who is on
vacation with her aunt and uncle in Tiverton. "Not the chalk in the
water; it just sat there."
"Our chalk in the vinegar bubbled and exploded," said Erin Collison
"The dry ice experiments we did on the first day (Monday) were
awesome," said Danielle McBride of Kincardine. "We blew up a balloon
This is the second summer for the camp and organizers are pleased to
see the excitement in the faces of all the participants.
Throughout the school year, the WiN group hosts the Girls In Real
Life Science (GIRLS) Club, encouraging girls toward careers in math
Katie Brolese makes a barometer. Photo by Cheryl Cottrill
Abby McLeod (L), Serena Butler and Natasha Adler experiment with dry ice.
Photo by Cheryl Cottrill
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Viven Adler (L) and Harriet Skinner, both of Kincardine, hold up the
remnants of the chalk which dissolved in lemon juice during the Acid
Natasha Adler (L) of Kincardine, Abby McLeod of Kingston (vacationing in
Tiverton), and Madisyn Johnston of Kincardine hold up the dissolved
chalk in lemon juice and vinegar
Allison Wilson (L) and Miranda Broughton of Tiverton build a sugar cube
skyscraper to test for seismic strength. Photo by Cheryl Cottrill