Join us for action-packed, hands-on, learning adventures
Certified teachers engage middle school students (6th – 8th grade) in creative and challenging experiences to grow campers’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math.
All camps are priced at $325 (includes lunch and snacks) and on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
All camps held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Consolidated Information Center (CIC)
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354
Descriptions below are approximate and actual lessons may vary.
CRACKING THE HUMAN CODE (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Explore genetics and body systems to discover how our bodies work. Investigate blood typing, DNA, and body systems. Explore bones, tendons, veins and more as you dissect a chicken wing. See how anatomy and optics affect vision by examining a cow’s eye. Study mobility by dissecting a frog. Learn about the technology behind prosthetics. If you are thinking about being a biologist, scientist, doctor, or a health care professional – this is the camp for you!
ROBOTS RULE(This camp is full)—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 fischertechnikTM 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 build things or want to learn how to program stuff, then this is the camp for you!
FANTASTIC FLIGHT: (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—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!
CSI SCIENCE: (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Enter the world of forensic science. Complete experiments including blood splatter and foot print analysis, teeth impressions and bite marks, and more. Discover 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.