Summer 2017 High School Camps:
Step Into the Woods: Wildlife, Plants & the Science of Forests * Entering Grades 9-12 * June 27 & 28 * 9AM-3:30PM * $100 or NO COST (see below) * Interested in stepping into the natural world this summer? Join forestry researchers, students, faculty, and managers from Oregon State University for a two-day camp in the forest and on the OSU Corvallis campus. On Day 1, hike through the woods in the McDonald-Dunn Research Forests north of Corvallis. Get up close and personal with wildlife living in forests and streams. Observe the slow yet exciting battle between native and invasive plants. Learn about forest ecology and management through hands-on participation and adventure. Experience some of the technology and tools used by scientists and managers to protect natural resources and manage forests for multiple uses. On Day 2, visit forestry buildings and facilities and tour the OSU Corvallis campus. Discover forestry majors and careers, see what it’s like to take a class as a forestry student, and have lunch in an OSU dining hall. Explore the science behind wildland fire and outdoor recreation, test how strong wood really is, and use computers to model your own tree stand. Discuss interesting topics, ask hard questions, make new friends, and have a great time stepping into the woods! Note: While this camp tuition is $100, OSU's College of Forestry has generously offered to provide scholarships for all students! Upon registration, an automatic full-discount will be applied so that there is NO cost to the participant. Accepting a scholarship comes with the expectation that the student attends both days of the camp from start to finish, and participates fully. Spots for this camp are reserved for students who have NOT participated in the College of Forestry’s STEM Academy camp in past years, unless the camp does not fill.
WaterBots: Underwater Lego Robotics * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 24-28 * 9AM-NOON * $145 * Make a splash in engineering while learning about underwater robotics! Design and build robots with LEGO Mindstorms and discover how robotics is changing the world! Learn basic principles of physics and engineering to design, build, test, and redesign your robots that will be able to speed across a pool, maneuver underwater, and pick up objects. You will work in teams to pilot your robots in a series of underwater missions. Note: Only the robots go in the water—not the designers!
“Blender” Computing Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 24-28 * 9AM-NOON * $145 * Are you in awe of the 3D computer graphics you see in movies, TV shows, and games? Do you wonder what it takes to do that? Do you think that you can be creative like that too, if only you could just get started? Have we got a camp for you! Blender is a totally awesome software package that allows you to do your own 3D modeling, rendering, and animation. In this camp, you will use it to learn 3D viewing, moving objects in 3D, creating 3D geometry, coloring, lighting, rendering, and animation. It’s demanding computer work, but the results will amaze you! Best of all, Blender is free, so you can keep using it long after the camp is over. This camp will move through subject material quickly and is designed for those students who will enjoy a high-intensity computing experience. Be sure to bring a flash drive! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Exoplanet 1061 Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 24-28 * 1-4PM * $145 * Facing the challenges of climate change, we will need to rely more and more on advanced energy technologies and sustainable community models. New technologies are unlocking more efficient ways of creating energy, food, water, and reducing waste. In this camp you will learn about these technologies and then apply that knowledge as you work to colonize exoplanet 1061, a “Goldilocks” planet close to earth and devoid of fossil fuels. Note: This camp is very similar to the Bioenergy Exploration Camp that was offered in Summer 2016. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!
Materials Science of Ceramics: The Magical Journey from Clay/Water to Beautiful Pottery * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 31-August 4 * 1-4PM * $145 + Materials Fee (TBA) * This course will take students on a journey from the origins of raw materials taken from the earth through the science and engineering of forming, firing, and glazing these materials to make beautiful and functional pieces of pottery. The class will be very hands-on and you will definitely get dirty! However, instead of just making beautiful art, you will come to understand the science and engineering behind the methods and practices, some from ancient times. This will give you the knowledge and freedom to innovate in your own work. No prior knowledge or skill required. Lola Vars, experienced potter and Materials Science Ph.D. student, will craft programs for people of all abilities.
DNA Biology and Bioinformatics Camp (Basic) * Entering Grades 8-12 * August 7-11 * 9AM-NOON * $145 * Did you know that there are millions of DNA building blocks that encode for thousands of genes in the genome of all living organisms? How can scientists possibly study these vast stretches of DNA and genes to find genetic variation, gene function and their responses to signals from the environment? Scientists use biology experiments in a laboratory and perform queries and analyses on computers! This summer we invite you to come and explore the world of modern biology and learn how to examine the complexities of DNA. Through model-building, laboratory experiments and computer analyses – participants will gain basic understanding of biology, genetics, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Students will also learn some basic software programming tricks in the class. No prior programming skills required. Notes on Scholarships: Some scholarship funds available for minorities, low-income, rural, first-generation college students, and/or females. Notes on Grade Level: This camp is intended for high school aged students. Therefore, 8th-graders who chose to register should be at a high school age maturity-level and academic understanding.
DNA Biology and Bioinformatics Camp (Advanced) * Entering Grades 8-12 * August 14-18 * 9AM-NOON * $145 * After you have completed the DNA Biology and Bioinformatics Camp (Basic), come and enjoy this advanced camp, where you will continue to explore the world of modern biology and learn how to examine the complexities of DNA. You will participate in hands-on activities involving advanced genomics and bioinformatics tools, identify animal cancer cells from healthy cells, characterize bacterial strains, and perform bioinformatics analyses of assembling and annotating the sequenced bacterial genomes that the students will characterize. You will also learn basic software programming tricks. No prior programming skills required. Notes on Eligibility: This camp is open ONLY to students who enroll in the “Basic” camp the week of August 7-11 or students that have participated in the DNA Biology and Bioinformatics Camp in a previous summer. Notes on Scholarships: Some scholarship funds available for minorities, low-income, rural, first-generation college students, and/or females. Notes on Grade Level: This camp is intended for high school aged students. Therefore, 8th-graders who chose to register should be at a high school age maturity-level and academic understanding.