Location: All Cabell County Summer Camps (except Wonders of Water) will be held at Marshall University, Science Building Room 207.

Ages: Grades listed include the grade the student will be during the 2022-2023 school year.

Camps are supported through a collaborative network including: West Virginia Science Adventures, National Youth Science Foundation, Marshall University, the Division of Science, Technology, and Research, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, and Project WET.

Camp costs: Elementary focused camps (July 18-22 Mad Scientist Camp and July 25-29 Junior Engineer LEGO Camp: Building Blocks & Brains) are 1/2 day camps with snacks provided and cost $145/week. Full and half scholarships are available for these camps, please see the scholarship tab for more information.

The other camps (Wonders of Water, Minecraft Japan, Molecular Biology, Cybersecurity, Paws, Scales, and Tails, LEGOs, Robotics, 3D Printing, and Drones) are all full day (9:00-4:00) camps with snacks and lunch provided. These camps are possible due to generous support from the National Youth Science Foundation so there is no tuition for these. If you get into one of these camps we will email you and ask for a $25 registration fee due within 2 weeks of the email to hold your child’s seat. If you qualify for a full scholarship (see scholarship tab) your registration fee will be refunded on the last day of the camp if your child attended the entire camp. During registration for these camps please rank your children’s camp picks (we will try to give top pick, but these are first come/first served so this may not always be possible). Typically we give two full scholarships per child and if there are remaining seats after our May 16th deadline we may award additional camps.

Registration: You can register for any and all of the camps here: Cabell County Camp Registration.

June 6-10

Wonders of Water

Grades 4-9, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

This is a special camp held for the AD Lewis Center and registration will be through that community center

Can you imagine life without water? Neither can we! Join us for an exciting week of learning all about the wonders of water. This camp will introduce topics such as water conservation, water treatment, stream ecology, aquatic life, wetlands, green infrastructure and stormwater pollution. Young biologists will learn how to identify aquatic life, such as macroinvertebrates and fish, while conducting hands-on activities that connect them to the water across planet earth! Each day will include field trips to local water sources. Lead educators will be Tomi Bergstrom, MU graduate and current WV Project WET Coordinator, Thomas Aluise, MU graduate and current Youth Program Coordinator of West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and Carrie Denvir, MU graduate and Stormwater Program Analyst of Huntington Stormwater Utility.

June 13-17

Minecraft Journey to Japan (wait list only)

Grades 4-9, camp size 40, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

Learn coding, geometry, and world-building for Minecraft while immersed in Japanese language and culture. Leader educators will be Marshall Japanese Professor Dr. Zeli Rivas and Terry Dillman, science teacher at the STEM+M High School.

 

June 20-June 24

Molecular Biology: Life at the Cellular Level (full -closed)

Grades 5-10, camp size 16, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

Be a scientist for a week! Work in a real laboratory investigating cells and the molecules found inside them. Do fun, hand-on experiments in Molecular Biology to learn how DNA, proteins and other molecules keep our cells working. This will be a great introduction to biomedical and health-related science. If you might be interested in becoming a doctor, vet, or research scientist, this camp is for you. This class will be taught by Marshall Biological Sciences Professor (and mom) Dr. Wendy Trzyna.

 

July 11-15

Paws, Scales, and Tails (full – closed)

Grades 4-9, Camp size TBA, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

Participants will get a hands-on approach to learning about animals both in captivity, and in their natural environment. This learning environment will create a lifelong link and respect of nature and animals of all kinds. The children will be submerged into the animal kingdom as they experience live educational animals shows from our professional educator. Campers will learn about and safely interact with each species at camp. Presentation topics include native species, defense mechanisms, predator vs prey relationships, conservation and endangered species, evolution, and more! This will create a greater passion for wildlife in the life of your child. They will also get to interact with local shelter animals and learn about what it takes to run a shelter and why outreach is important to get those animals adopted! Great for kids who want to be vets or in conservation fields. Melanie Browning, Marshall University Biological Sciences Graduate student, will be the lead instructor.

 

July 18-22

LEGOs, Robotics, 3D Printing, and Drones (full – closed)

Grades 6-10, Camp size 12,  Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

Participants will learn computer coding via LEGOs and robotics, including building their own robots and running robots through obstacle courses and other coding exercises. Participants will also learn to use 3D printers, including laser engraving (participants will be able to bring some custom printed material home!). And weather permitting, participants will learn the basics of drone piloting and some of the applications of this new and exciting technology! Long time camp robotic coach and Ohio University student Jordan Holman will be leading this fun camp.

July 18-22

Cybersecurity

Grades 7-12, camp size 16, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00, lunch and snacks are included.

These camps have been designed by the Air Force’s Cyberpatriot program to teach beginner students the basics of cybersecurity. No prior cybersecurity knowledge is required for participants. The schedule for this camp includes: Monday: Introduction to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, introduction to cybersecurity & careers, cyber ethics, online safety, how computers work, virtual machines, and cyber threats. Tuesday: Cybersecurity principles, basic Windows security policies and tools, account management, windows file protections, and auditing and monitoring. Students will follow along and work with the Windows 10 demonstration image. Wednesday: Introduction to Linux, Ubuntu 18 terminology and concepts, basic GUI security, and intro to CLI. Students will follow along and work with the Ubuntu 18 demonstration image. Thursday: Basic command line security and intermediate Ubuntu security. Students will follow along and work with the Ubuntu 18 demonstration image. Friday – CyberPatriot competition day. Students will compete against their fellow campers on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18 competition images.

 

July 18-22

Mad Scientist Camp

Grades K-2, Monday-Friday from 9:00-12:00, Grades 3-6 Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00, $145/week scholarships available

snack included, Camp sizes 20

Wear a lab coat and safety googles and go science crazy….. from dissections to slime, Science is Fun.

Go to registration page to get registered and then pay here via Eventbrite for the Grades K-2 camp and the Grades 3-6 camp.

 

July 25-29

Junior Engineer LEGO Camp: Building Blocks & Brains

Grades K-2, Monday-Friday from 9:00-12:00, Grades 3-6 Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00, $145/week scholarships available

snack included, Camp sizes 20

Help us build structures, design LEGO art, and make simple machines that really work, using gears, levers, pulleys, and motors while building confidence, fine motor skills, and having fun. Open play, colors and creativity, and daily building challenges.

Go to registration page to get registered and then pay here via Eventbrite for the Grades K-2 camp and the Grades 3-6 camp.