2019 Middle School Summer Camps

Biochemistry Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * June 24-28 * 9-NOON * $150 * Come learn about the vital and varied roles of proteins in all living things. Students will engage in glowing, explosive, and other exciting hands-on activities to investigate the diverse world of proteins. Activities will include engineering proteins, exploring the insides of proteins, growing protein crystals, and much more!

Computational Biology Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * July 8-12 * 1-4PM * $150 * Come to the “dry lab” and see how scientists use computers to learn about biology! After all, not all scientific research is done in experimental laboratories. DNA molecules are too small to study with a microscope, but we can see them in detail with the help of computers! In this camp, you’ll get to contribute to the world’s scientific knowledge by playing fun computer games to solve structural puzzles about real RNA and protein molecules. After learning some Python programming by writing text-based games, you’ll have the skills to become “molecular architects” and build proteins by using their genetic codes. You’ll also learn many other ways that computers help scientists solve the world’s mysteries! No prior programming knowledge required. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Engineering Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 * July 22-26 * 9AM-4PM * $290 * Students will spend a week exploring the many careers available in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities each day will feature: (Topics TBA). Students work in labs and classrooms as they design, construct, and test models that focus on sustainable product design and renewable energy.

Intro to Programming: Code.org for Beginners * Entering Grades 6-8 * Curious about coding? In this course, students will begin learning about topics that coding languages have in common through an intuitive language called Blockly. The drag and drop functionality allows true beginners to start their journey into coding as soon as the first day of camp. Students will solve puzzles with conditionals, create games using events, and draw with repeat loops. Note: Students who were enrolled this school year in Exploratory at Linus Pauling Middle School should enroll in the Projects in Programming course instead.

STEM Machines Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * Working in pairs, in the spirit of cooperation and exploration, students will be guided through STEM problem-solving tasks to design machines to solve some of today’s real-world problems. As the week progresses so will the challenges. This camp does not use computers or iPads, but instead focuses on the mechanical side of machine design and the use of battery packs, using the Lego Education Powered Machines platform. Camp will accommodate a variety of skill levels, from beginning to advanced.

ActivityBots Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 *  Can a car drive itself? With sensors and smarts, of course! Using the ActivityBot 360 robot kits, students will learn how to build and code a robot that is smart enough to make its way around a room on its own. Using easy-to-understand BlocklyProp graphical programs and easy-to-follow online examples, even students with no mechanical, electrical, or coding experience can successfully build circuits and a robot, and code it to do amazing things!  Each team of two will work together to move their robot through remote control navigation, while learning about touch, visible light, infrared light, and ultrasonic sensors. 

Sketch Up Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 *  Design the room or house of your dreams using Sketch Up, a simple and easy to use 3D modeling tool. The software allows you to zoom in and out while you use a variety of drawing tools to alter existing objects or create new ones. You will be able to use a variety of shapes, apply textures, and add many other details until your design is complete. You can also save your work and continue working on it at home! No previous technology experience required.

Wild About Wildlife Camp * Entering Grades 6-9 * July 15-19 * 9AM-Noon (M/F) & 9-2:30PM (Tu/W/Th) * $185 * Are you a budding biologist wondering about the animals in your backyard? Join biologists from OSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife department to discover the wonders of the natural world! In this camp, students will learn how scientists study wildlife and fisheries both in the lab and in the field. Campers will explore the wetlands, forests, and streams in western Oregon to identify, sample, and learn about native species and habitats. Planned excursions include, but are not limited to, trips to the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), the Oregon Coast, and William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. During these activities we will discuss species biology, conservation, and management, and factors that shape populations and ecosystems. Note: Camp hours are extended (9am-2pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to accommodate travel to field and research sites. Drop-off and pick up will be at the OSU campus, but students will travel in OSU vans to natural areas in or near Corvallis and Newport during camp hours.