WSU Tri-Cities
Middle School STEM Camps

WSU Tri-Cities Middle School Camps

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.

Ages: Students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in fall 2020

Location: WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center (CIC) Building

Physical Address: 2770 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354

Duration: 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $294 (includes lunch and snack)



Always feel free to let us know your thoughts by email or phone.



SessionDateSession TopicDescription
1CanceledCosmic Quest Black holes, aliens, space probes, and distant galaxies. Plus: How astronomy can save the world! Students will learn about climate change as it relates to satellite data, solar energy, and planetary research. Students will also learn about asteroid collision avoidance.
1CanceledCoding and DesignLearn how to code using popular video game Minecraft.
2CanceledLEGO EDUCATION EV3 Mindstorms RoboticsParticipants will be able to design, build and create LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; learn Scratch computer science language, and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, students will be introduced to cybersecurity, computer science, and physical computing platforms such as Scratch,, Tynker, and MakeCode.
2Canceled Building a Board Game: Art and the Design Process.Students will learn how to be a game designer by applying the principles of game design to board games. They will learn pure game design with no game engine, framework-just pencil and paper! Students will also learn game design theory and apply it in a practical way to developing engaging board games and be able to create a compelling experience for their players. Students will come up with new board game design ideas and execute thoroughly on those ideas. They will also create/prototype their own board games as practice challenges throughout the course.
3CanceledFantastic FlightDesign your own aircraft and fly it on campus.
3CanceledThe Art of STEM: Painting, Drawing, Upcycling and Character DesignThe purpose of this DIY Craft Camp is to provide students with a creative, comfortable atmosphere to learn and create projects that can be useful and decorative. We will cater to camp members' artistic and creative interests by gathering their feedback and requests for future camps. Campers will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials, such as paint, duct tape, cardboard and plastic, to create 2D and 3D activities.

Descriptions below are approximate and actual lessons may vary.


Fantastic Flight – SOLD OUT!

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!

Robots Rule – SOLD OUT!

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 – SOLD OUT!

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.

CSI Science – SOLD OUT!

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 – SOLD OUT!

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 Students will develop computational thinking, discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft items, and conduct amazing experiments.

Astronomy Teams

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.

Anatomy Academy

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!


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn more about Middle School STEM Camps!


Contact the Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) office at WSU Tri-Cities to learn more about Summer STEM Camps. Always feel free to let us know your thoughts!

Phone: 509-372-7123 / or 509-372-7174


Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Register today for Summer STEM Camps!