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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.


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.)