2020 Middle School Summer Camps

*Please note that the schedule below is a DRAFT only. Please check back for changes and additions. We will let you know when the schedule is set.

* Please note: We no longer do program transfers with KidSpirit.

 iINVENT Camp! * Full-Week Version * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 15-19 & July 20-24* 9:00am-4:00pm on M-Th; 9:00am-3:00pm on Friday * $300 * iINVENT is an invention camp geared towards Middle School students. iINVENT consists of engineering design challenges, invention projects, and team-building activities. Students will use "Human Centered Design" to create things worth inventing, alongside college mentors in small groups.  In iINVENT, students will be challenged to navigate unique obstacles with Edison robots, create circuits, improve existing designs, market inventions, and document their invention process. Families are strongly encouraged to attend from 2:00-3:00pm on Friday to see what students have created! NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Biochemistry Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * June 22-26 * 9-NOON * $160 * 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 * June 22-26 * 1-4PM * $160 * 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. NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Aeronautical Engineering Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * July ?? * ??PM * $ * Description TBA

Wild About Wildlife Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 13-17 * 9AM-NOON (M/F) & 9-2:30PM (Tu/W/Th) * $200 * 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 many different habitats in western Oregon to observe, identify, and learn about native species. 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-2:30pm) 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. NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMP!

Engineering Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 20-24 * 9AM-4PM * $300 * Students will spend a week exploring many of the disciplines in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities each day may include, but are not limited to: solar cars, chemical reaction cars, reverse engineering, bioenergy, water purification, 3D design & printing, and field trips to various campus facilities! Students will work in both labs and classrooms as they design, construct, and test models that focus on sustainable product design and renewable energy. Note: Students need to bring their own sck lunch or will go with a staff member to pick up a school district sack lunch delivered to a campus location. Families are strongly encouraged to attend student presentations from 3:00-4:00pm on Friday, July 24!

Uncover the Computational Mystery of Board Games (Level 1) * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 27-31 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Do you love playing board games with your family and friends? Come uncover the computational mystery of games.  Working and playing with others, you will gain an understanding of core concepts in computer science using well-known board games. You will explore with others in the camp concepts such as representation, algorithms, and computation by playing and analyzing popular board games such as tic-tac-toe and connect four. Through these activities you will learn that objects of the physical world can be represented using symbols and the rules of a game represent an algorithm.

Topic TBA * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 27-31 * 1-4PM * $160 * Description TBA

Uncover the Computational Mystery of Board Games (Level 2) * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 3-7 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Are you curious about how a board game can be programmed for play on a computer?  Working with others, you will further your understanding of core computer science concepts by transforming informal game descriptions of well-known board games to other notations to gain insights into simple concepts of programming languages. This curriculum will enforce a structured description of games that closely mimics concepts found in general-purpose programming languages to provide you and the others in the camp with an understanding of what is needed to express popular board games in a computer.

SketchUp Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 3-7 * 1-4PM * $160 * 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 3D 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.