Location: All Tucker County Summer Camps will be held at the National Youth Science Center, Davis.
Ages: Grades listed include the grade the student will be during the 2023-2024 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: The other camps 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: Click here to register! Please read the descriptions below for details on the camps and the notes on the registration link. Please reach out via email for any additional questions.
Registration is open, click the purple link above.
No Tucker County camps June 5-9
Explore the unseen world of microorganisms. You will work in a real science lab to collect, culture, and observe bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. Spend the week doing fun, hands on experiments in microbiology. This will be a great introduction to biomedical and health-related science. If you have an interest in becoming a doctor, veterinarian or research scientist, this camp is for you. This class will be taught by Marshall Professor (and mom) Dr. Wendy Trzyna in the Microbiology lab. Rigorous and fun!!
June 19-June 23
Our Amazing Earth: Rock, Fossils, & More!
Planet Earth is our home- like any home, it is loaded with complexity, wonder and charm! Spend a week familiarizing yourself with all the amazing components of the Earth system- from the vastness of geologic time, to the amazing creatures that have roamed our planet’s surface throughout its history, to the interactions of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, and the many ways in which humans have impacted our natural environment. Through a combination of hands-on activities, visits to local sites of natural wonder, and creative projects, participants will develop a lifelong appreciation for the Earth system and our place within it! This camp is taught by geology professor Dr. Ryan Sincavage.
No Tucker County camps the week of July 4th
Travel to Japan without leaving WV! Language immersion 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! Our lead educator will be Jade Billhiemer!
Wonders of Water
Grades 6th – 9th
Are you interested in being a young biologist? Then, come dive into the Water Explorer’s Camp with us! You’ll learn and have fun at the same time as we introduce you to all things fascinating about Earth’s precious resource, WATER. From close-up looks at aquatic bugs and fish you may have never seen before, to how we keep our water clean for all life, this camp has it covered. We’ll introduce you to mysterious wetlands and the plants and creatures who live there and use our imaginations in hands-on activities and models that send you through an obstacle course to learn about water pollution or transform you into a water molecule to journey through the water cycle. Each day will include a field trip to local water sources and we’ll cap the week off with a boat ride (weather permitting) and fish print shirts! Lead educators will be Tomi Bergstrom, MU graduate and current WV Project WET coordinator; Tom Aluise, MU graduate and current Youth Environmental Program coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; and Carrie Denvir, MU graduate and stormwater program analyst for the City of Huntington.
This camp has a maximum of 22 students due to transportation limitations.
Love building with LEGOs and learning LEGO robotics? Then join this camp for open play, daily building challenges, and learn about coding and robotics. You will also make an adventure movie from your LEGO builds with stop motion animation. Leader educator will be Jordan Holman, who is now in his 5th year of teaching our LEGO camps. This is an overnight experience, details to come!
July 31-August 4
Animal Colors and Patterns
The unique colors and patterns of animals have inspired many outfits in the fashion industry to the creation of a display screen of e-readers. In this camp students will learn how different animals see color and use color to survive and communicate with other animals in their ecosystem. Students will learn concepts by using light experiments, art projects, reviewing nature documentaries, and designing a prototype using colors and patterns to solve an issue in their community. Also meet some new animal friends that will visit. If you love animals or want to be a vet this camp is for you! This class will be taught by Marshall biology professor (and mother of 4) Dr. Jackie Fannin, and long time WVSA staff, Jordan Holman!