Middle School Youth Camps combine learning, fun

Penn State Berks Middle School Youth Camps provide a fun, educational experience for middle school students. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

You Be the Chemist Camp
In the You Be the Chemist Camp, developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), campers will have the opportunity to work with common materials and everyday situations, and find that chemistry explains much of the world in which we live. By understanding chemistry, the participants can begin to answer for themselves many of the “why” questions they pondered in the past. This camp runs from June 24 to 28. The cost is $260.

Basic Theatre Camp
The Basic Theater Camp is designed to introduce students ages 10-18 to all that is involved in putting on a live production. Participants will learn the casting/auditions process; assemble a stage crew and learn the various crew jobs; work the stage through the use of cues, stage directions and props; learn the acting process through voice projection exercises, staging practices and play rehearsals; and finally stage an actual production. This camp runs from June 24 to 28. The cost is $275.

Nittany Criminal Investigative Science Camp
This camp will keep students on their toes throughout the week; each day different fun scenarios will be presented to the campers. Campers will learn the science and the chemical techniques that can be used to solve puzzling crimes, such as how to analyze blood splatter, use footprints to estimate height, use Excel to analyze FBI crime data and graph for data analysis. This camp runs from July 22 to 26, and the cost is $260.

Science of Technology Camp
Students will gain an understanding of “how things work” through hands-on activities that demonstrate the important principles of simple and motorized machines. They will solve challenges by building bridges with K’Nex building systems and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms (RCX) Robotics Invention System. Participants will learn about mechanical and software design, and gain valuable problem-solving and teamwork skills. This camp runs from July 29 to Aug. 2, and the cost is $260.

Enrollment in Middle School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, visit the summer camp website or call 610-396-6225.

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Last Updated May 22, 2013