A group of 52 visiting Chinese students dissected sharks and got up close and personal with Cal Poly Pomona’s resident spectacled caiman (a crocodile-like repitile) at this summer’s Discovery Camp.
Students from the Second Foreign Languages School of Nanshan Shenzen in China participated in the week-long camp, one of several the Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) program in the College of Science hosted this summer.
The offerings, which also included robotics camps and computer science camps, aimed at fostering an interest in the sciences among children aged 6 to 14.
The Second Foreign Languages School reached out to SEES director Steve Alas asking to send their students to participate in the Discovery Camp during July.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand Cal Poly Pomona’s recognition in China, as well as build a strong name for the Discovery Camps,” says Alas.
While there, the students made slime, built hovercrafts, isolated DNA from fruit, constructed catapults and interacted with the ball python at the BioTrek Rainforest.
“The teachers really enjoyed the activities and the campers told us they had a great time,” Alas says.
Hopes are high among SEES staff that next summer’s camps will return with even greater success.