Summer Science Explorers

March 20th, 2015 by Linda

Instructor: Dr. Mike Son
Dates: June 22 – 26
Ages: Going into grades 1, 2 and 3
Times: 9am – 4pm
Location: Boyd Science Center Lab Room 215
Cost: $329
Science is amazing and it’s everywhere you look. Go ahead. Look around you. Now look closer. Join us for a one-week summer science camp designed to introduce kids entering grades 1 through 3 to the world of science. We’ll explore everything from growing plants and amazing animals that you can see, to the magic of chemistry and the world of germs you can’t. Did you ever see a plant grow from a seed? Did you ever see an ancient crab? Did you ever see water instantly turn into ice? Did you ever see what a germ really looks like? Did you ever see one that glows in the dark? Bring your curiosity and your questions to a fully functional research laboratory on the PSU campus in the Boyd Science Center. We’ll show you some of the coolest things in Science that will leave you asking “Did you see that?” Spaces are limited.

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Jr. LEGO Engineering Camp

March 19th, 2015 by Linda

Instructors: Kelsey Gadwah & Sarah Cormeia
Dates: June 29 – July 3
Ages: Going into grades 2 and 3
Times: 9am – 4pm
Location: Samuel Read Hall (newly renovated)  Room 115
Cost: $295
Our focus for this camp includes using advanced Lego parts, being presented with challenging model builds, and having lots of fun. Lessons will explore the use of mechanical lifts, nets, drills, ramps, and more. Campers will learn about working in partnership with fellow participants and experiment with power systems, sequence and control, pressure prototyping, kinetic and potential energy. If this sounds too serious, don’t worry! We balance the day with walking field trips, including an outing to our Ice Arena. Our campers leave tired and excited for more. Spaces are limited.

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Summer Science Investigators 2015

March 18th, 2015 by Linda

Instructor: Dr. Mike Son
Dates: July 6 – 10
Ages: Grades 6 – 8
Times: 9am – 4pm
Location: Boyd Science Lab Room 115
Cost: $329
Disclaimer: This camp is designed to be academically intense and is intended for motivated students with strong interests in science. It will be challenging but very rewarding. Students will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of the camp.

Do your parents tell you to always wash your hands? Do you ever wonder why? Take a good look at your hands, and we’ll show you what you can’t see. Join us for an intense week of summer science designed to introduce students in grades 6 through 8 to a world of microorganisms. We’ll explore just how clean your hands really are after you wash them and then use microscopes to see what some of those “germs” look like. Then we’ll take a closer look at what makes life possible as you isolate some DNA from bacteria and from your very own cells. Then be prepared to use that DNA and everything you learned in a CSI-like investigation, right here at a fully functional research laboratory on the PSU campus in the Boyd Science Center, to solve The Case of Mistaken Identity. Leave all your friends looking puzzled at the evidence when you ask them, “Don’t you see what I see? I know who did it!”

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Lego Engineering Camp

March 17th, 2015 by Linda

Instructors: Kelsey Gadwah and Sarah Cormiea
Dates: July 13-17
Ages: Going into grades 3 and 4
Times: 9am – 4pm
Location: Samuel Read Hall, room 115
Cost: $295
Campers will be challenged to use science, engineering, problem solving, critical thinking skills and ingenuity to solve a variety of challenges using Lego systems that include solar power, simple machines, pneumatics and more. Campers will explore the world of sequence, logic and physics through design builds and real world challenges. The end of the week will culminate with an introduction to Lego Mindstorm robotics and a showcase for parents. Spaces are limited.

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MindStorm Madness

March 16th, 2015 by Linda

Instructor: Award winning Master Teacher, Julie Panus
Dates: July 27 – July 31
Ages: Going into grades 5, 6, and 7
Times: 9am – 4pm
Location: Samuel Read Hall, Room 115
Cost: $295
Join us for a week of science, engineering and fun! Using the LEGO Mindstorms, campers will work in teams, learning to build and program robots. Teams will be challenged to solve real-world problems with their ‘bots, in both cooperative and competitive challenges. The week will culminate with a grand challenge designed to showcase the ingenuity and engineering skills of the campers! There will be new builds and lots of experimentation, so returning campers will find new and engaging challenges. Spaces are limited.

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Theatrical Combat Camp

March 15th, 2015 by Linda

Instructor: Jim Gleich
Dates: Monday through Friday, August 10 – 14
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p. m.
Ages: Entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grades
Cost: $195
Location: Silver Hall Dance Studio
Jim Gleich has been involved with theatre for many years and has intensely studied the art of theatrical/stage combat. These are specialized techniques designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. The term is also used informally to describe fight choreography for film and television. It is a common field of study for actors and dancers and is closely related to the practice of stunts. Campers will be learning the basic skills of Hand-to-Hand combat, rolling, simple falls, choreography notation/analysis, stage combat history, and introduction to single sword techniques. All students will perform their class fight each day at the end of class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pad and pencil for notes.

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