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Exploring Microbiology: Tiny Organisms, Big Impact: Grades 7-9


Did you know that the number of microorganisms in the human body outnumber our own cells 10 to 1? Did you know that there are more bacteria in a single spoonful of fertile soil than there are people in Madison, WI?

In this camp, students will learn about the wonderful world of microbiology. We will explore the biodiversity of microbial life in the world around us, as well as how scientists use microbes to make new discoveries about how cells work or as factories to make biological molecules for use in research and medicine. Every day, students will engage in hands-on activities, including: genetically engineering glow-in-the-dark bacteria, using a microscope to get a closer look at the cells inside their own mouths, exploring the effectiveness of antibiotics on E. coli, and growing bacterial cultures from a variety of common surfaces. By the end of this week, students will know much more about the wide variety of microbial life, the methods scientists use when using bacteria as tools, and the impact of antibiotics and of hygiene habits on control of bacteria in the medical world.

Active and engaging, this summer science camp is for students who will enter grades 7-9 in the fall. Participants should bring a refillable water bottle. For their safety, it is important that each student wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus: 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI. The Science Center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages.


July 10-14, 2017, 9:00-2:00 daily. Lunch is not provided so please send a sack lunch with your child each day. A mid-morning snack will be provided. If you child has particular dietary needs please pack an appropriate snack for them.


The camp leader is Amanda Segedy, an adjunct professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Edgewood College. Dr. Segedy is a Cellular and Molecular Pathologist, and loves to study diseases and how our bodies handle them.


Register Here!

Registration will be first come, first served. To ensure plenty of individual attention the limit for the camp is 12 children. The registration deadline is July 3, 2017.

How Much?

$250 for the week-long camp. This includes all materials and a snack

For more information contact:

Amy Schiebel (608)663-3414