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Program Overview

GIMS is a middle-school science outreach program in Wake County, North Carolina that integrates nature learning and scientific discovery with stewardship education through primarily field but also classroom activities. This year-round program consists of field trips and exercises, career counseling activities and a summer day camp. One hundred students have participated in the program since 2007. The program is supported by the Student Science Enrichment Program of Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

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Summer Day Camp 2010: June 14-18

9:00 a.m.* – 5:00 p.m.


*Students may be dropped off at Poe Hall (Room 512) starting at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Monday, June 14
Theme: How do we tell others about the earth?
Morning field trip: Yates Mill Pond
Afternoon field trip: North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

Tuesday, June 15
Theme: How do we collect information about the earth?
Morning: GPS activities
Afternoon: GIS lab and computer work

Wednesday, June 16
Theme: What can rocks tell us about the earth?
Morning field trip: W. B. Umstead State Park
Afternoon activity: GIS lab

Thursday, June 17
Theme: How do we live with the earth?
Morning field trip: Rocky Branch Creek
Morning activity: develop outline for project
Afternoon activities: Career Decision Making

Friday, June 18
Theme: How do YOU tell others about the earth?
Morning activities: Projects
Afternoon activities: Projects
4:45 p.m. – Student Exhibit
5:15 p.m. – Closing Ceremony

Program Leaders

Dr. Raymond Ting, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, NC State University, Program Director (P.I.)
Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, Associate Professor, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, NC State University, Interim Program Director and Program Leader (co-P.I.)
Dr. Kevin Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill, Program Leader (co-P.I.)