QUEST, a new academic summer camp at Freed-Hardeman University, will teach art and science to high school students entering grades 9-11 June 19-24. The name of the camps is an acronym standing for Question, Understand, Explore, Solve, and Think.
Art QUEST campers will become acquainted with alternative photo techniques including pinhole photography, cyanotype, and digital editing on the computer, and studio drawing with charcoal including still life drawings and portraits. They will end their week with a gallery show.
The science program centers on a CSI theme where students become crime scene investigators. Learning how to diffuse a bomb using robots, examining skeletons, testing poisons, and analyzing blood splatter are among the activities planned for campers.
Evening activities will combine the disciplines. Classes will be taught by members of the FHU faculty and FHU students will be counselors.
Dr. Barbara England, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, said she had long searched for ways to “establish artistic outlets for students in the community.” This new summer camp opportunity will provide that outlet for students in the community and West Tennessee. England will direct the art portion of the camp.
Dr. Rachel Stevens, assistant professor of biology and director of the camp’s science portion, said she hopes to ignite interest in the sciences. “Science and math are really useful in everyday life,” she said. “Plus, science and math are fun!”
The directors, with the support of Dr. Joe Wiley, president of the university, and Dr. LeAnn Self-Davis, dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, hope this summer camp will be a great opportunity to allow high school students in the community and surrounding region become familiar with the university and faculty.
The $220 fee for the camp includes lodging, meals, instruction and supplies. Students interested in attending may get additional information by emailing email@example.com.
More information about QUEST is available at http://fhu.edu/quest.