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STUDENT CURIOUSITY, INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY (SCIO) PROGRAM
“Preparing the generations of today for a future tomorrow through science education."
What is the SCIO Program?
SCIO is an afterschool science themed program devised to promote scientific inquiry through hands-on activities from various sciences (earth, life, and physical.) An acronym for Student Curiosity, Innovation and Opportunity, SCIO is also a Latin verb meaning “to know” from which the word science is derived.
Designed to further interest in the area of science, participants engage in exciting activities and demonstrations through the guidance of highly qualified science instructors. Lasting approximately six weeks, participants meet twice weekly on the Shorter University campus. SCIO 2012 participants were eighth graders from the Georgia School for the Deaf, and the camp was directed by Dr. Gary Ross, Education Department Chair, and Dr. Jason Ritchie, Assistant Professor of Physical Science.
Students receive instruction through an interpreter on the topic of acceleration.
Having studied plate tectonics and their relation to earthquakes, the students constructed an “earthquake proof” structure and were limited to using only 50 straws and masking tape.
Each student’s “earthquake proof” structure was put through simulated 4.2, 5.6, and 8.0 earthquakes.
Dr. Ritchie leads an interactive lab on circuitry.
The SCIO students became chemists for a day by facilitating chemical reactions.
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