2018 High School Summer Camps

WaterBots: Underwater Lego Robotics * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 9 & 10 * 9AM-4:30PM * $150 * 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! Pool is outside and often in full sun, so please bring suncreen and dress accordingly. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Game Design & Creation Camp* Entering Grades 9-12 * July 12 & 13 * 9AM-4:30PM * $150 * In this hands-on class you'll design a game alone or as part of a team.  After a very brief background in game theory and design, you'll develop a game [on paper or on a computer] which you can take home and share.  We'll have some starting points if you don't have a plan in mind, but definitely come with some ideas since we'll move fast! SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

NW Cyber Camp 2018 * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 16-20 * 8:30AM-4:00PM Monday-Thursday & 8:30AM-2:00PM Friday * $290 ($250 after automatic discount) * Interested in learning more about the exciting field of cybersecurity? Join us for 5 days to know more about how computers work, cyber threats, cybersecurity principles, cyber ethics, basic Windows security policies and tools, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, basic command line security and so much more. This camp is a part of the NW Cyber Camp happening simultaneously across multiple locations in Oregon. The program will include guest speakers with deep experience in cyber security technologies and careers, as well as cyber security educators. The program includes an optional evening networking reception in Willsonville on Thursday including industry sponsors and experts, where students and parents will have a chance to talk one-to-one with local cyber security professionals and businesses.  Note: While the actual cost of the camp is $290, generous donors have provided funds to reduce the camp cost for all participants.  Therefore, an automatic $40 discount will be applied at the time of registration for all participants.  In addition to the discount, there are additional needs-based scholarships funds that can be applied to the remaining $250.

“Blender” Computing Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 23-27 * 9AM-NOON * $150 * 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!

Raspberry Pi Camp * Entering Grades 9-12 * July 30-August 3 * 1-4PM * $150 * Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. This camp provides a hands-on introduction to learning about computer hardware, operating systems, and basic programming in Python using a Raspberry Pi.  Each student will also work on an individual Raspberry Pi, and learn the fundamentals of computer engineering, electrical, GPIO (General Purpose Input Output).  

Step Into the Woods: Wildlife, Plants & the Science of Forests * Entering Grades 9-12 * August 7 & 8 * 9AM-3:30PM * $120 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 $120, 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.