KEEPERS(Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science)
2013 KEEPERS was held on July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26.
For notification about KEEPERS 2014, contact Sandy Coit.
KEEPERS for Kids
is a weeklong, half-day experience for students entering grades 2-5.
It introduces students to various engineering fields. Activities assist the development of inquiry and design skills while exploring real science concepts and engaging in hands-on challenges.
Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science provides half-day hands–on, minds-on challenges set up for campers entering Grade 2-5. The activities develop inquiry and design skills through engineering challenges! Each day’s programming is accomplished with graduate students, experienced teachers, and engineers from Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical engineering.
KEEPERS for Teachers
is a professional development for K-8 teachers, held for one week during Keepers for Kids camp. Prior to the camp, teachers attend a 2 hour orientation session to prepare for the week. Throughout the week, teachers attend camp from 8-noon, interacting with campers and staff while learning about the design process, gauging student understanding, testing, learning about systems, and making iterature connections. Monday through Thursday, teachers are invited to stay after camp hours to discuss the day’s events. On Friday, teachers participate in an in-depth evaluation of the week’s activities and student engagement.
Participating teachers can use the KEEPERS curriculum in their own communities. This model encourages the use of engineering challenges in Grade 2-5 classrooms and after-school or summer engineering camps in New Hampshire communities. The UNH Leitzel Center can also assist with the alignment of engineering faculty, local engineers from industry, or graduate students to visit and mentor young students involved in the programs.