The 2015 Science Camp, held July 8 through July 23rd, gave Nestucca Valley students a better appreciation of science. The three week course ran from Monday through Thursday. Classroom instruction on the sciences were conducted Monday through Wednesday. On Thursdays the students had the opportunity for hands on activities and experimentation..
This year the theme was Gardens, Molecules and Forests. In the study of gardens students made fava bean pesto, they studied solids, liquids and gases by observing them through microscopes and they learned how bigger molecules work in everyday life by making pizza. Paul Carlson, an NVCA Volunteer, ran the station on atoms and molecules outside on the school lawn. Kimberley Miller, another NVCA Volunteer from Pacific City, also helped with the Thursday activities. A field trip to the State Forestry Center on Highway 6 was also part of the curriculum.
NVCA is an integral part of the Science Camps with volunteers providing hands on activities on Thursdays. NVCA, with the help of Marie Heimburg, secured a $10,000 grant from Trust Management Services which paid for additional staff to work with the students and the purchase of several microscopes which were gifted to the Nestucca Valley Elementary School.