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April 23, 2002

Olympic Runner, Boxing Champion Take Part in S@GE 2002

Grades 7 and 8 students attending this year’s S@GE, the University of Guelph’s popular science camp, will gain some first-hand knowledge about the science of sport from two renowned Canadian athletes.

Runner Rachelle Campbell, who competed in the 4x400 relay for Canada in the Montreal Olympics, and boxing champion Sean O’Meara will take part in camp modules and talk to students about setting goals and university life. S@GE, which stands for the Science at Guelph Experience, runs from May 6 to June 14 and is expected to attract more than 1,000 students.

These athletes have been chosen as important role models to promote healthy sport and healthy lifestyles, said Gillian Joseph, a manager for program development for the Office of Open Learning, which works with faculty on the development of the camp’s learning modules.

“S@GE is not only a great way to learn about chemistry, physics and technology,” she said. “But it is also about the connections among art, science and social science as well as about the impact that science and technology have on humans, animals and the world around us. There is something for every interest and aptitude.”

Campbell, a Guelph native, has won many awards and medals in national and international competition during her career in track and field and was inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame. O'Meara, a U of G student, is a multi-award-winning national and international boxing champion who is currently ranked third in Canada. He won a silver medal in the Pan American Games trials and has represented Canada in Ireland, England, France and the United States.

S@GE, now in its fourth year, is a three-day residential science and technology program co-sponsored by the Office of Open Learning, Hospitality Services and Student Housing Services. Students register as a school class, staying in residence with their teachers and parent chaperones and experiencing interactive learning using university computer and laboratory facilities.

The learning modules are designed along the themes of the Ontario school science curriculum to promote intellectual creativity and a sense of discovery. The modules are developed by university faculty and are typically taught by graduate students or fourth-year undergraduates doing research in the subject area. Participants are able to use research equipment or resources that provide a practical “hands-on” approach to learning.

For additional information on S@GE, contact the Office of Open Learning at (519) 767-5000.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, 824-4120, Ext. 3338.

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