2022 Middle School Summer Camps

Registration for our 2023 Summer Camps will open at NOON on February 24, 2023. Descriptions of our 2022 summer camps are below. Some of these camps may repeat and some may not. Please check back in early February for information on our 2023 camps.

  Wild About Wildlife Camp

Wild About Wildlife Camp * OSU Campus & Field Trips * Entering Grades 6-8 * June 21-23 * Time TBA * Cost TBA * Needs-based scholarships available

Are you a budding biologist wondering about the plants, bugs, and animals in your backyard? Join biologists from OSU’s Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences department to discover the wonders of the natural world! In this camp, students will learn how scientists study nature 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 in and around the OSU Corvallis and Newport campuses. During activities we will discuss biology, conservation, and natural resource management. Activities may include learning about plant and animal adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, a strawberry DNA extraction, a human/wildlife interaction mystery, bug ID, birding, tide pooling, game theory, otoliths, plankton, telemetry, tracks, and more! Field trips (by OSU van) may include: Chintimini Wildlife Center, Peavy Arboretum, Finley Wildlife Refuge, and Newport.

   Flying Robots Camp – Wonderful World of Drones!

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * Dates & Times TBA * Needs-based scholarships available

Learn all about drones: how they fly, how they are used in research and how you can program and fly them too! Students will learn how to fly a mini drone through an obstacle course, engage in a design-a-drone activity to develop a drone for environmental research and program a drone with an iPad (no coding experience needed) to create a synchronous “drone dance” routine for a group of autonomous flying drones.

  Engineering Camp

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * Dates & Times TBA * Needs-based scholarships available

Students will spend a week exploring different disciplines in the field of engineering. Hands-on activities 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.

   ActivityBots Camp

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * TBA

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.

  Biochemistry Camp

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 7-9 * July 17-21 * 1-4PM * $160 * 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 lab experiments, teamwork, 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. Beginning with DNA and working our way up to organisms, students will advance through topics such as PCR, RNA, proteins, enzymes, cellular membranes, microbes, chromatography, crystallography and more!

  Making with Microcontrollers

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 6-8 * Dates & Times TBA * Needs-based scholarships available

Discover the amazing world of physical computing! Using the micro:bit microcontroller you will learn to build and program physical devices which can interact with your environment in a variety of ways. We will start by learning initially how to program the micro:bit using the MakeCode programming platform, which has both block and text based (javascript & python) programming support. Then you will be given some challenges to engage your imagination to design and build a physical device of your choice using the micro:bit as a controller. No previous building or programming background will be necessary. You will only be limited by your imagination and willingness to learn.

  Computational Biology Camp

OSU Campus * Entering Grades 7-9 * TBA

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.