Summer Science Adventures 2021

All ages include rising students (for example K means students entering Kindergarten in the fall)

Camps only run if they meet their minimum number

Also see at the bottom of the page our partnership with the MU Rec Center. Your kids can do one of our 1/2-day camps and spent the other 1/2 day at the Rec Center. This program is our STaR partnership (Science, Tech and Rec).

June 14-18

Fun with Numbers

Grades 3-4, 9:00-12:00; Grades 5-6, 1:00-4:00, $145/week

Did your child have a frustrating school year? We know we cannot make up a year of potentially lost math in a week, but we can make math fun. The focus of this week will be grade appropriate fun with math, and we will send your camper home with a book which they hope will continue over the summer because they like it! Taught by amazingly fun Marshall engineering faculty David Cartwright.

Camp size 10

This session is available for a STAR partnership wrap-around full day camp

June 21-25

Animal Rescue Camp (K-2 wait list only)

K-2 9:00-12:00, Grades 3-6 1:00-4:00, $145/week

During this camp we will meet many different kinds of animals, both pets and wildlife, and learn how to help them. We will learn how to make your own stuffed animal, how to make cat and dog beds and toys, wildlife rescue nests, and pouches for orphaned kangaroos which we will send to Australia. We will have a visit from the local animal shelter to meet some of their animals and give them some of our beds and toys. Aside from visiting with and learning about animals, you will also learn hand sewing, machine sewing, and the basics of crocheting.

Camp class size 8-10

This session is available for a STAR partnership wrap-around full day camp

June 28-July 2

Minecraft in Space (wait list only)

(K-10) 9:00 am-4:00 pm, $275/week

Team building, space science, trigonometry, programming, and building on an unearthly scale. Build space ship and learn about the scale and size of the universe. You will colonize the moon and Mars learning about the challenges of space travel, time lags, and settlement. Leader educators will be Terry Dillman, a MU College of Science graduate and current teacher at the STEM+M High School, and space mining enthusiast Jordan Holman.

There will be two groups of 10 each

Campers need to bring their lunches

July 5-9

It’s Magic (3-6 wait list only)

K-2, 9:00-12:00; Grades 3-6, 1:00-4:00, $145/week

Explore magic through chemistry, math, & engineering. Mix magical chemicals and watch things erupt, make water magically disappear, fool your new friends with card tricks, learn how to guess anyone’s birthday, and how to build magical structures that defy gravity. By the end of the week, you will have made a book to take home with all your magical secrets.

Camp size 10

This session is available for a STAR partnership wrap-around full day camp

July 12-16

Passport to Japan: Language, comics, and coding

Grades 6-8 9:00-12:00 no charge, scholarships only

Travel to Japan without leaving WV! Language immersion half-day camp with emphasis on Japanese comics, animation, and coding. Campers will be creating comic panels and learning coding using Scratch that can animate those panels!

Camp class size 10

Thanks to a generous sponsorship of the National Youth Science Foundation we are able to offer this awesome camp this at no cost to our campers this summer! We we will be taking registration on the first 20 students and then accepting the first 5 boys and 5 girls that register. We keep everyone else on a wait list encase anyone drops or we feel safe making the class larger. We will email everyone back within 30 days of registration.

ACT boot-camp (all ages, Grade 9-12 suggested)

1:00-4:30, $300/week

Identify your math strengths and weaknesses, build on existing skills, play fun and challenging math games, daily practice in an average pacing of 1 question per minute, and reassessment at the end of the week so students are prepared to continuing studying independently. Taught by the Marshall University faculty.

Camp class size 5-12

July 19-23

Lego Robotics

Grades 6-8, 9:00-4:00, no charge, scholarships only

Love building with LEGOs then take it to the next level with LEGO robotics. Open play, daily building challenges, and learn how to code and robotics. Strongly suggested for those that want to join our Fall Lego robotics Competition teams. Leader educator will be Jordan Holman, who coaches our junior Lego Robotics team.

Camp size 10

Thanks to a generous sponsorship of the National Youth Science Foundation we are able to offer this awesome camp this at no cost to our campers this summer! We we will be taking registration on the first 20 students and then accepting the first 5 boys and 5 girls that register. We keep everyone else on a wait list encase anyone drops or we feel safe making the class larger. We will email everyone back within 30 days of registration.

July 26-30

Discover the Wonders of Water!

Grades 3-5, 9:00-12:00, $145/week

Can you image 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, ocean currents, 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! Leader educators will be Tomi Bergstrom, MU graduate and current WV Project WET coordinator and Thomas Aluise, Youth Program Coordinator of West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Camp size 10

This session is available for a STAR partnership wrap-around full day camp

Microbiology

Grades 6-8 9:00-4:00, no charge, scholarships only

Unleash your inner scientist! Work in a real laboratory using microscopes and college-level lab equipment while learning about the microbial world. Spend the week doing exciting hands-on activities with bacteria, amoebae, and fungi you’ll collect from the environment and grow in the lab. Great introduction to health-related science if you might be interested in becoming a doctor or biomedical scientist. This class will be taught by Marshall Professor (and mom) Dr. Wendy Trzyna in the Microbiology lab. Rigorous and fun!!

Camp class size 10

Thanks to a generous sponsorship of the National Youth Science Foundation we are able to offer this awesome camp this at no cost to our campers this summer! We we will be taking registration on the first 20 students and then accepting the first 5 boys and 5 girls that register. We keep everyone else on a wait list encase anyone drops or we feel safe making the class larger. We will email everyone back within 30 days of registration.

August 2-6

How Does My Garden Grow?

K-2, 9:00-12:00; Grades 3-6, 1:00-4:00, $145/week

Have you ever wanted to eat something you grew yourself? We will learn all about growing food – from planning a garden to planting and caring for crops all the way through harvesting. We’’ dive into composting with the help of some wiggly friends, make snacks from fresh harvest, and learn how to propagate house plants. Taught by Meredith Cornell, a member of the Cabell County Master Gardeners Association and owners of Meredith Microfarm and has experience with raised bed gardens, microgreens, and hydroponics.

Camp size 10

This session is available for a STAR partnership wrap-around full day camp

STaR Partnership -Science, Tech and Rec

This summer we will be partnering with the Marshall University Rec Center Summer day camp. Any week we have half-day camps, your child can spend a half day with us exercising their brains and a half day running around at the Rec Center. If you sign up for this program, our staff will take our morning session campers once their day with us is done and drop them off at noon at the Rec Center, where you can pick them up at the end of the day. If you child is an afternoon camper with us, they can start their morning at the Rec center and our staff will pick them up at 12:45 and transport to the Science Building where you can pick them up at the end of the day. We are trying to make our camps easier and more accessible for full time working parents. Also email us if you need early drop off or late pick up, many times we can arrange this as well. After you register with us just contact the Rec Center front desk (call or drop in) and ask them about the STaR partnership (Science, Tech and Rec) and they will let your register for a half day with them (at their half-day rates). If you have questions about Rec Center portion of this program, please contact Jonathan Sanders, Coordinator of Competitive Sports & Camps, 304-696-4652 or sandersjo@marshall.edu.

For our 7th year, the Marshall University College of Science is hosting Summer Science Adventure camps. Let us share with your child an unforgettable experience. With Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math, full STEAM ahead with idea that can learning can be so fun. All camps are hands-on with science, include creativity and art, and we sneak math in at every opportunity (and the kids don’t even notice it).

College of Science Partnership

With camps spanning many fields such as veterinarian sciences, microscopy, anatomy, microbiology, and computer programming, your child will explore through both hands-on and activity based learning. The camps offer the opportunity for your child to enrich their science education and see what real science is all about.

Our camps are designed and staffed by MU professors, graduate students, and local professionals to ensure your child is being taught by people whose careers are science based. Assistants include use Marshall students and STEM high school students for experience for everyone. Camps range from 2:6-2:10 staff-camper ratio permitting very individualized instruction. These camps will give your child an opportunity to explore careers in the sciences and, since these camps are in Marshall University laboratories, it’s a great peak to see what college has to offer!


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For more information, please contact us at SummerScienceAdventures@gmail.com.