Ages: Students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in fall 2018
Location: WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center (CIC) Building
Physical Address: 2770 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Duration: Monday – Friday
Certified teachers engage middle school students (6th – 8th grades) in creative and challenging experiences to grow campers’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math.
Seven middle school camps are offered this summer, each priced at $325 (includes lunch and snacks).
Descriptions below are approximate and actual lessons may vary.
June 25 – 29
Soar into the exploration, design and testing of flying machines. Analyze why things fly or fail by studying successes and failures in flight technology. Design and test propellers and wings. Apply concepts of force, trajectory, and energy while launching projectiles using air, water, and chemical propellants. Create catapults, slingshots and rockets as you learn about the science behind flight. Develop your skills while exploring physics and aerodynamics, including laws of gravity and motion. Build and launch your own solid-fueled 2-stage rocket that can carry a payload over 1000 feet – then take it home to use it again!
July 9 – 13
Learn robotics technology, then design and build multiple robots to complete tasks and solve problems. Test pincers, grapplers, track and tread, motors, sensors, and more to complete team challenges. Use the internationally-known, advanced Fischertechnik system, designed to challenge robotics engineers, as you code your programmable logic controllers to enable your robot to compete in Robo-Games. If you like to design and engineer objects or want to learn more about programming, then this is the camp for you!
LEGO Mindstorms EV3
July 16 – 20
Learn programming and engineering skills using LEGO Mindstorms robot sets. Students design and build programmable robots using high quality motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components. By using hands-on robotics, students will gain a better understanding of how technology works in real world applications. The solution enables students to understand and interpret two dimensional models; build, test, troubleshoot, and revise designs to improve robot performance while gaining practical, hands-on experience using mathematical concepts such as estimating and measuring distance, time, and speed.
July 16 – 20
Enter the world of forensic science. Complete experiments including blood splatter and foot print analysis, teeth impressions and bite marks, and more. Discovery how to collect and preserve evidence. Use chemistry to uncover unseen evidence like fingerprints and blood stains. Learn how to interview witnesses and suspects. Try to beat the lie detector and learn about polygraph technologies. Use logic, math, and science to solve a mystery. Then, put it together to build a credible case.
Minecraft Education Coding
July 23 – 27
Minecraft Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Camp participants will use Code Builder for Education Edition to explore, create, and play in a Minecraft world. Using code platforms like Scratch, Tynker, and Code.org. Students will develop computational thinking, discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft items, and conduct amazing experiments.
July 30 – August 3
Come explore the universe with us! Learn how to identify famous constellations, how scientists design a space probe, and how to measure distances across the cosmos. Investigate the physics of orbital mechanics, the different kinds of telescopes, the latest discoveries from current space missions, and more. Then join a team that works together to become experts in some aspect of astronomy: black holes, gravitational waves, extra-solar planets, the history of spaceflight, constellation mythology, or whatever interests you the most! Report your findings on the last day.
July 30 – August 3
Explore genetics and body systems to discover how our bodies work. Investigate the immune system and the human mouth. Learn how to help prevent disease and cavities. Examine bones, tendons, veins and more as you dissect a chicken wing. See how anatomy and optics affect vision by examining a cow’s eye. Discover your own blood type! If you are thinking about being a biologist, scientist, doctor, or a health care professional – this is the camp you!