Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 25, 2014

Water Works Camp, students learn aquatic principles at state park

GLASGOW — The members of the 21st Century CAVEservation Camp enjoyed a day at Barren River State Resort Park on Wednesday.

About 21 students, most of whom are incoming seventh- and eighth-graders, spent the morning fishing for bluegill and sunfish before having a lunch of grilled burgers and hotdogs. They had a rock-skipping contest, in which the highest number of skips was nine.

Their lunch was prepared by another 21st Century practical living camp, which made the burger patties, the baked beans and fruit salad for all the students to eat.

After lunch, the students were separated into two groups to compete in an “aqueduct activity.”

Mammoth Cave Park Ranger Jennifer Shackelford said the activity was designed to encourage group discussion, and focus on team building and problem solving.

“These kids are competitive,” Shackelford said. “No matter what we've done all week, these kids have been really into everything. They've been a fantastic group of enthusiastic kids.”

Earlier in the week, students learned how to test pH levels and how to dissolve oxygen in water. They explored Mammoth Cave, and Thursday they will be surveying different parts of the cave, Shackelford said.

The two groups chose pieces of pipe chutes they were to use to transport various balls from point A to point B, a bucket. They weren't allowed to touch the balls at any given time, and if their balls dropped to the ground, they had to start over again.

It took a little bit for the students to realize a definite plan, but soon they figured out a system in which they passed the balls safely to each piece of pipe until they reached the end. Various balls of different sizes and weight were used before the students began to carry water down their chutes and into their buckets.

That proved to be a frenzied mess while they devised an effective method. Leaders began to emerge, and the students began working together.

Trey Carver, 13, of Glasgow, was in charge of pouring the water onto the plastic chutes at the beginning of the “aqueduct.”

“It's not going to run very well up hill, guys,” he said. “We need to make sure the chutes are all level.”

Both teams were communicating well in order to achieve their task.

Eventually they realized if they kept their chutes stuck together, instead of pulling one off and taking it to the end of the line, they were more successful. So then, as a group they all instructed, “Go, go, go, go. Back, back, back, back,” and they all shuffled to and from the bucket, filling them slowly, but surely.

Carver said he has really enjoyed the camp this week.

“It's been really interesting to learn about water,” he said. “Even this thing we did today with the aqueduct was fun, and it taught us a lot of team building. Things just work better when you communicate.”


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