As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Science Exploration Day, we recognize Janice Camplin as the person who originated the program in Western New York. Jan Camplin was a biology teacher at Lake Shore High School for many years and made significant contributions to K-12 Science Curriculum and Assessment, including work with the NYS Education Department.
Jan Camplin was active in several professional science education organizations, including Niagara Frontier Science Supervisors Association. After visiting a similar science program in Rochester, Jan returned to chair an organizing committee that started SED locally. We dedicate this year’s event to the inspiration and enthusiasm Jan Camplin always displayed for encouraging students in science.
Janice Camplin earned her Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cortland in 1950 and her Masters Degree from Canisius College in 1961. She taught Biology and was the Science Department Chair at Lake Shore High Schools for many years and also was the District Curriculum Coordinator. Ms Camplin presented workshops for the E2C2 BOCES and local colleges and universities on K-12 Science Curriculum and Assessment. She also was very active with the New York State Education Department on many projects, especially the Elementary and Middle Level Science Mentor Network.
Ms Camplin was active with several professional science education organizations, especially the Niagara Frontier Science Supervisors Association. As the chair of that group, she originated our Science Exploration Day in the Buffalo area. Jan went to observe a similar day in Rochester and returned to stimulate its start here. She was the Chair of the organizing committee for its first many years. It is most appropriate that we recognize her contribution this year as we celebrate the 25th Science Exploration Day. We dedicate this year’s event to the inspiration and enthusiasm Jan Camplin always displayed for encouraging students in science.
Dr. Kenneth Licata
Planning Committee Chair