2021 Middle School Summer Camps

Camp information and link to register is below.

  iINVENT Camp

In-Person Camp * OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 21-25 * Monday-Thursday: 9AM-4PM; Friday: 9AM-3PM * $300 * Needs-based scholarships available *

iINVENT is an invention camp geared towards Middle School students. iINVENT consists of engineering design challenges, invention projects, pitch presentations, a college student panel, and team-building activities. Students will use "Human-Centered Design" to create things worth inventing with college mentor support. Students will have access to an Oregon State University’s iINVENT public course for in and out of camp use. The iINVENT activities could include programing Edison robots, creating circuits, improving existing designs, marketing inventions, and documenting their invention process.

  Engineering Camps

Virtual Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 28-July 2 * 9AM-NOON * $160 + cost of Ozobot Evo that you will order ahead of time and keep after the camp (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/toys-games-ozobot-evo-crystal-white/298...) * Needs-based scholarships available for registration fee and Ozobot *

Students will spend a week exploring different disciplines in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities each morning will include students working with their own the Ozobot around "themes of the day" (Maker Monday, Tech Tuesday, etc.). Throughout, campers will be introduced to the fun and powerful tools of engineering design, collaboration, and problem solving. Activities aim to engage campers to embrace and appreciate a wide range of engineering concepts through science, technology, engineering, and math. Note: Campers are welcome to register for BOTH the morning virtual camp and the afternoon in-person camp, as the two camps will be complimentary.

In-Person Camp * OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 28-July 2 * 1-4PM * $160 * Needs-based scholarships available *

Students will spend a week exploring different disciplines in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities each afternoon will depend on the Covid protocols at the time, but we hope to include: renewable energy & solar cars, chemical reaction cars, reverse engineering & super absorbent polymers, 3D design & printing, and egg drop engineering. Throughout, campers will be introduced to the fun and powerful tools of engineering design, collaboration, and problem solving. Activities aim to engage campers to embrace and appreciate a wide range of engineering concepts through science, technology, engineering, and math. Note: Campers are welcome to register for BOTH the morning virtual camp and the afternoon in-person camp, as the two camps will be complimentary.

  Wild About Wildlife Camp

Outdoor Camp * OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 12-16 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Needs-based scholarships available *

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 learn about many different habitats in Western Oregon and observe, identify, and learn about native species that can be found around the OSU Campus. During activities we will discuss biology, conservation, and natural resource management. All of the activities will be conducted outside, and will include learning about plant and animal adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, a strawberry DNA extraction, a human/wildlife interaction mystery, a nature walk to Irish Bend Covered Bridge, nature journaling, outdoor meditation, birding, and more! Individual supplies will be provided for all students, so there will be no sharing of materials. 

  Computational Biology Camp

Virtual Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * July 19-23 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Needs-based scholarships available *

DNA molecules are too small to study with a microscope, but we can see them in detail with the help of computers! Not all scientific research takes place in experimental laboratories -- computational biologists study biology using computers. In the Computational Biology Camp, you'll learn some Python programming and some of the skills needed to become “molecular architects”. You’ll also learn how to build proteins using the genetic code, and many other ways that computers help scientists solve the world’s mysteries! You’ll learn how to contribute to the world’s scientific knowledge by playing fun computer games to solve structural puzzles about real RNA and protein molecules. No prior programming knowledge is required. 

  Biochemistry Camp

Virtual Camp * Entering Grades 7-9 * July 19-21 * 1-4PM * $100 * Needs-based scholarships available *

Come learn about the strange world of DNA, proteins, cells, and the other tiny things inside all living creatures! Students will use home-lab experiments, science equipment, and personal creativity to learn about the biochemicals and biomolecules that make life happen. We will also learn what it means to do science and why anyone can be a scientist! Activities will include exploring the insides of cells, the functions of proteins, acting out tiny life processes, seeing how antibiotics affect evolution, and much more! 

  Uncover the Computational Mystery of Board Games (Level 1)

Virtual Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * July 26-30 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Needs-based scholarships available *

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 work with others in the camp exploring 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. Delivery of this camp will be through Zoom (supervised by instructors for all 3-hours minus scheduled 10-minute breaks; will include whole group and break-out sessions) and Canvas (for written information and handouts).

  Uncover the Computational Mystery of Board Games (Level 2)

Virtual Camp * Entering Grades 6-8 * Aug 2-6 * 9AM-NOON * $160 * Needs-based scholarships available *

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 computer science ideas by expressing well-known board games in a simplified programming language. This curriculum will emphasize how different parts of games closely resemble concepts in programming to provide you and the others in the camp with an understanding of what is needed to express popular board games on a computer. Delivery of this camp will be through Zoom (supervised by instructors for all 3-hours minus scheduled 10-minute breaks; will include whole group and break-out sessions) and Canvas (for written information and handouts). PLEASE NOTE: Level 1 Camp or similar experience strongly recommended before participating in this camp.