A group of about 20 kids walked through the flower gardens at SUNY Cobleskill with butterfly nets Monday afternoon, chasing insects that benefit agriculture. With every verified pollinator and predator they caught, they added a name to a card they carried in their pockets.
This was day one of Ag Camp. Before heading outside in the afternoon, the 20 or so ninth- and tenth-graders from around the region spent the morning learning some of the basics of veterinary medicine.
For the next week, the students will learn about contemporary issues and opportunities in agriculture’s more surprising reaches, from culinary creations and microbiology to applied computer science.
Monday was also the first day of STEM Camp at SUNY Cobleskill, now in its second year. Nearly 90 kids from ages six to 11 will spend the next two weeks exploring two topics — rollercoasters and culinary arts — through a hands-on look at the science behind them.
The first day of camp started with a class in 3D printing. In the afternoon, the kids got a lesson in CPR from Howard Huth, Director of the Paramedic Program at SUNY Cobleskill. Campers are being led by counselors from Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.