In its third year, Camp Unakite is a grant-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational opportunity for rising third through fifth grade students. Held at historic Graves Mountain Lodge, students explore our natural world through STEM.
Two camps – each lasting four days – accommodate a total of 70 students. Additionally, each student is given a STEM book to explore our world with families.
- Animal Studies
- Geospatial Navigation
- Mineral Understanding and Soil Investigations
- Natural Environs
- Physical Movement
- Water Movement and Water Cleanliness
New this year, students also investigated volcanic eruptions and physics involving sensitive object protection.
Camp Leaders include:
- Madison County High School Teacher Ashley Unger (Week 1)
- Madison Primary School Teacher Ben Breeden – Lead (Weeks 1 &2)
- Madison Primary School Teacher Shanna Kline (Weeks 1 &2)
- Waverly Yowell Elementary School Teacher Adam Midock (Weeks 1 &2)
- Wetsel Middle School Teacher Jen Rehm (Week 2)
- Wetsel Middle School Teacher Marissa Basile (Weeks 1 &2)
Student mentors are selected from rising grade 7 and 8 students.
This is an amazing opportunity for our children - and, unique to Madison. No one in the world has a Camp Unakite. - Superintendent Eberhardt
Unakite is a form of granite consisting of quartz, pink feldspar and green epidote. It can be found as pebbles from glacial drift in the beach rock on the shores of Lake Superior and in Virginia’s river valleys after having been washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unakite, found in Madison, is also found in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and China.
Virginia’s Division of Mineral Resources lists the Rose River as a unakite area.