This BVP Musings guest blog is brought to you by ES1 Science Teacher Sophia Lambertsen

“I’ve got a
crazy question for you. Do you have time to talk right now?” Well, I was suited
up in my yellow neon crossing guard vest, standing in the middle of Broad
Street directing dismissal traffic, so really, my answer was no. But I can
never resist a crazy question. That’s how this year’s April Break Science Camp
was born.

When Mr.
Chiappetta first proposed running a science camp during April Break, it sounded
like a really good idea, and it felt like I had all the time in the world to
make it happen. Now it’s April, and Science Camp starts on Monday. And it’s
going to be awesome.

We are so excited to welcome the fourth graders, on their last
vacation as elementary schoolers, to spend a week collaborating on
inquiry-based lab activities, doing scientific research on scholar laptops, and
meeting career scientists. Science camp staff and I can’t wait for our field trip at the end of the
week, on the Friday of camp, when the science campers will work together to
learn about the science of baseball and represent BVP on a trip to McCoy

As I scurry
around trying to get my hands on enough liquid nitrogen for nearly 50 fourth
graders, order batteries and bulbs from every Radio Shack in Rhode Island (did
you know most Radio Shack locations only stock 3 or 4 scholar-sized
lightbulbs?), and touch base with our 10 visiting scientists, I’m overwhelmed
by a feeling of inspiration.

I’m inspired by
the close to 50 fourth grade scholars who have chosen to spend their April
break learning science instead of playing video games or watching TV. 

inspired by the ES1 office staff who have stepped up with enthusiasm to help
with translation and logistics. 

I’m inspired by the third grade scholars who
tell me they can’t wait to be fourth graders so they can come to science camp

I’m inspired by employees of local businesses who, when they hear about
camp, go above and beyond to help me out with discounts, expertise, and advice.

I’m inspired by my colleagues and friends, both BVP-affiliated and not, who
have volunteered to help set up inquiry kits, move bags of materials that are
too heavy for me to carry, practice running through lab experiments to
anticipate issues, and come up with countless “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” ideas.

It’s this type
of teamwork that bridges the gap between “Today we learn” and “Tomorrow we
The scholars at science camp will work as a team to get ready to rock
their science NECAP in May, and I hope their choice to spend their April break
as a week on, not a week off, inspires all of you the way is has inspired me.
Check back throughout the week for photos and scholar quotes.

And I’ll give
you the same advice I give my third graders. Try not to be too jealous of the
fourth grade science campers. Maybe if you try your best, you’ll be invited to
come next year.