CENTERVILLE — Studying science can mean seeing how many marbles will fit in a clay boat before it sinks or dissecting a starfish.
It can mean building a rocket of foam and paper and seeing how far it will fly or visiting a lavender farm.
It can mean exploring a bird refuge or making ice cream.
For students at last week’s Davis School District Science Camp, science meant all of the above.
Four camps have been held over the summer, drawing a total of 250 science enthusiasts to the week-long programs.
“It’s really fun and whatever activities we do we are talking about some type of science,” said Reagan Stevenson, who will be attending fifth grade next year and has plans to study medicine.
“I’ve always liked science,” said nine-year-old Lillie Clark, who wants to be a veterinarian. “We get to learn a whole bunch of things.”
One thing she learned, she said, is that it takes a really long time to make ice cream.
Both students mentioned the opportunity to dissect a starfish as extra interesting.
Besides the fourth-to- seventh graders participating in the July camps, two teens from Switzerland have accompanied the field trips and activities.
Wendy Osele and Celine Locher are spending two of their four weeks in America in Davis County. They have come to learn English, and have been participating with the students in science adventures around Northern Utah.
“They learn really much,” said Celine, 16, of the students. “It is good for them to know something about the world and the problems in the world like ice melting.”
During the week-long camp sessions, students go fishing in Riverdale Park in Ogden, see an IMAX movie in Centerville, visit Heritage Park in Salt Lake and a bird refuge in Brigham City, tour a grist mill in Cache Valley and learn about microorganisms at a bakery, according to Rita Stevenson, elementary science curriculum supervisor for the district.
The camps, she said, have gone really well, and have involved almost as many girls as boys.
Most activities, she said, can also be done by families.
Field trips and activities with an educational component can be a fun way to fill the summer for all ages.