Great article featuring the Pacific Science Center Summer Camp, Crows: Caws and Effect, that my student worker, Jessica Rouske, and I are developing. Thanks to the UW Bothell Advancement for covering this story. -SV

When grade school students flock to the UW Bothell campus this summer for Pacific Science Center camps they will have a new option focused on the feathered residents — Crows: Caws and Effect.

The camp will combine science and art to explore how crows communicate and gather food. Sarah Verlinde in the Office of Research is developing the camp, building on the research of faculty members Ursula Valdez and Doug Wacker.

Valdez, a lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Wacker, an assistant professor in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), were featured speakers at Crow Watch 2018. It was a standing-room-only event last October. Members of the community learned about crows and saw thousands of them fly into roost in the nearby wetlands.

“We saw how interested people were in the crows. We thought this would be a good way to highlight faculty research,” said Carolyn Brennan, assistant vice chancellor of research.

Crows: Caws and Effect is the latest Pacific Science Center camp developed by faculty and staff and then taught by UW Bothell students. The first was a Java coding camp that grew out of Kelvin Sung’s research on teaching computer programming by having students design video games. Sung is a professor in the School of STEM.

This camp has been very popular “and consistently a good experience for students and parents,” Brennan said...

Image by Marc Studer.