Penn State Berks offers variety of summer camps

July 08, 2008

Penn State Berks offers a variety of summer camps for high school and middle school students that are educational and fun. All camps are held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

High School Camps
Participants in high school camps will have the opportunity to live in the campus residence halls for the week of the camp, getting a taste of college life. All camps are for students entering grades nine through 12.

Discovering Film and TV--Advanced
Participants will experience the casting and production process, learning about directing, acting for film, how to shoot scenes of a dramatic script, scouting locations for filming, shooting multiple scene angles with one camera, wardrobe, and props. They will team up to experience the editing process, discovering how their work is pieced together through the final cut to complete their short film. Prerequisite: Campers should have a working knowledge of script writing, camera operation, and an understanding of editing. This camp will be held from July 21-25.

Imagination Station
This camp is designed as an adventure through literature centered around J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series. Campers will be sorted into "houses" for the week's activities. Discussion, drama, science, crafts, math, and games are all designed to increase student's creativity, self-expression, self-esteem, individuality, sharing capabilities, and motivation. A chaperoned field trip will prove magical for the participants. This camp runs from July 14-18.

Science of Technology--Buildings, Bridges, and Robots
Campers will develop an understanding of "how things work" through hands-on activities that demonstrate the 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, problem solving, and teamwork skills. A chaperoned field trip to Blue Marsh Lake is planned. No prior knowledge of robotics or other engineering technology topics is required. This camp runs from August 4-9.

For more information on any of Penn State Berks summer camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 1-800-BERKS-CE.


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