Ages: Students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in fall 2017
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.
Six middle school camps are offered this summer, each priced at $325 (includes lunch and snacks).
Descriptions below are approximate and actual lessons may vary.
July 10 – 14
Create, Code, Design, Program, & Engineer! Learn how to make computer programs using the fun and exciting Scratch programming language. Create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Beyond just learning how to use Scratch, students will learn how to solve interesting problems and make cool things with the help of a computer. We’ll cover lessons on moving blocks, creating scripts, drawing with a computer, coordinates and conditionals, drawing with iteration, Scratch tools, gravity, and mazes. Lastly, build your own blocks and strategize a game.
July 17 – 21
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 17 – 21
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!
July 24 – 28
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.
July 24 – 28
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 31 – August 4
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.
Contact the Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) office at WSU Tri-Cities to learn more about STEM camps. Always feel free to let us know your thoughts at a convenience that works for you!