Students go to the extreme at Velocity Jr.


Bemis seventh grader Olivia Constantino helps mix liquid nitrogen to create ice cream with Lawrence Tech professor Dr. Anthony Sky.

extremeYou may have heard of extreme sports, extreme weather or extreme traffic, but extreme science?

About 10 Utica Community Schools students can say they have experienced it, thanks to the "Extreme Science" camp sponsored recently by Lawrence Technological University.

"I felt like I was really in college here," said seventh-grader Nino Caiozzo, taking a break from enjoying ice cream that was created with liquid nitrogen.

Students at the Velocity Jr. camp spent the day involved in seven hands-on experiments related to matter, energy and the environment.

According to Professor Anthony Sky, of Lawrence Tech University, the goal of extreme science is to build enough excitement for students that they consider careers in biology, chemistry and physics.

"I want them to know there is room for them to do science, and that we need them to do science," Dr. Sky said.

In addition to the stint at Velocity Jr., Dr. Sky also offers free Extreme Science Saturdays for high school students at Lawrence Tech University. Call 248-204-3600 for more information.

The Extreme Science camp is one of nearly 20 activities taking part at the Velocity Jr. Center, housed at Rose Kidd Elementary.

Velocity Jr. is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) partnership between UCS and the City of Sterling Heights designed to create and sustain a workforce capable of filling current and future high tech job opportunities that will help Michigan’s economy grow.

The program is a complement to the economic development efforts housed at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights, a new center for business incubation and economic development, targeting defense, homeland security and advanced manufacturing.

For more information on Velocity Jr. camps, please follow this link.