My favourite childhood summer camp was Engineering Science Quest, so I was thrilled when I was accepted there for my SHAD internship. This fantastic camp, also known as ESQ, is run through the University of Waterloo and works to develop skills and passion for science in local kids. I like to think of it as a mini-SHAD where kids ranging from ages 5-14 spend a week learning about new scientific concepts, and working with new and innovative technology with like-minded kids. Through many of the campers, I could see my fellow SHADs’ inquisitiveness, zeal, and creativity.
I’ve been privileged to spend the past month floating around to the different age groups, working as a high-school leader, getting to experience the differences and the uniqueness of each group. I spent time getting to know the campers and learning from them as well as teaching lessons and running activities.
At SHAD I was presented with new concepts where I was out of my depth and I became comfortable asking for and accepting help, something that I previously had difficulty with. However, through my internship I was able to work on the flip side of this—I developed my abilities to offer and provide help and to share my knowledge, skills I consider to be very valuable assets.
I’m sad to see August, and thus my internship, come to end but I am excited at the possibility of returning next year as a full-time staff member.