Summer 2016 High School Camps:

DNA Biology and Bioinformatics Camp (Basic) * Entering Grades 8-12 * June 27-July 1 * 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 * July 11-15 * 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 June 27-July 1 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.

Into the Woods: Wildlife, Plants & the Ecology of Forests * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 11-15 * 9AM-3PM * $185 or NO COST (see below) * Interested in spending some time outside this summer looking at the pieces of a forest and figuring out how they all fit together?  Join us for a week of immersion in the natural world with OSU College of Forestry researchers, students, faculty and managers.  Hike through the woods on the McDonald and Dunn Forests north of Corvallis to examine challenging technical and ethical issues in managing forests for multiple resources from some of the leading experts in the field. 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.  Explore your personal connection with the land and learn the science behind how people experience nature.  Learn about possible careers and tour the OSU College of Forestry.  Explore interesting topics, ask hard questions, make some new friends, and have a great time in the woods!  Note: While this camp tuition is $185, OSU's College of Forestry, Starker Forests, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute have 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 each class and participates fully. Spots for this camp are reserved for students who have NOT participated in Ecological Restoration Field Camp in past years, unless the camp does not fill.

WaterBots: Underwater Lego Robotics * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 18-22 * 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 18-22 * 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!

Bioenergy Exploration Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 18-22 * 1-4PM * $145 * Facing the challenges of climate change, we will need to rely more and more on renewable energy sources. While humans have been using bioenergy for eons--think fire!--new technologies are unlocking the vast potential of plants to meet many of our energy needs. In this camp you will be explore the exciting field of bioenergy, from jet fuel derived from trees to electricity generating microbes. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Advanced Creative Computing Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * August 8-12 * 9AM-NOON * $145 * Ignite your passion for games by enrolling in our 5-day summer camp that provides a unique experience for high school students in intensive video game creation and visualization. Imagine designing your own Arcade or Platform game with running, jumping, blasting and enemy stomping from scratch! Our hands-on curriculum is designed to introduce best practices of software development and provide a deeper understanding of computational concepts using a fun programming environment called “Scratch”. No programming skills needed.