I’ve had a passion for science ever since I created my own rock candy and erupting geysers at the California Science Center. I was fortunate to attend science camps that shaped my love for science and that inspired me to pursue further studies in STEM subjects. But many kids today lack access such opportunities or they simply do not have the resources to attend private science camps.
Mobile Science Camp (MSC) is a student organized club that gives underprivileged kids access to fun and educating science experiments that in turn will help foster a love for science — just like how science camps did for us.
MSC is the first club at our school whose primary focus is community outreach. MSC members meet weekly during lunch or after school to prepare and practices science lessons such as making lava cups and potato clocks. We also meet in groups that are focused in different areas such as media, outreach, and planning.
Giving science lessons to elementary students has been rewarding for our members and we are always amazed by their eagerness to learn. And the kids are having a blast as well. In fact, we have been asked to return monthly to the same elementary school where we held our first camp to continue to give new lessons.
Starting a volunteer club has taught me that we can make a real difference in people’s lives, to both the students and the teachers. Not only am I giving back to the my community by fostering an innate sense curiosity for science that all kids seem to have, but I’m also learning to appreciate my own teachers a lot more!
Last summer, I wanted to create a platform where my Archer sisters and I could make a difference in our community. I have to admit, I was a little scared and I wasn’t sure where to start. But a year has passed and MSC has grown from a spark of an idea to 18 members and one faculty sponsor. I cannot wait for what the future holds for MSC!
Founder, Mobile Science Camp
Class of 2020, The Archer School For Girls
“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller