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Students learn through Discovery High School Youth Camps

Students attending Penn State Berks Discover High School Youth Camps will learn about different career fields, the world around them, and themselves. The camps are for students entering ninth through twelfth grades in fall 2010 (except the Soccer camps, which are open to students entering fourth through tenth grade).

Participants can choose between a commuter and a residential option (commuter option only for the Advanced Filmmaking, Computer & Cyber Security, and Boys & Girls Soccer Camp). Students will stay in the Berks residence halls, providing a true college experience. Resident assistants will stay with the students from the end of the camp day until the start of camp the next morning. Evening activities are planned to ensure group involvement. Camps run from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., (except the Soccer camps, which run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and begin on Sunday.)

Discovering Engineering-Rockets, Robots, and Race Cars
This camp explores engineering, technology, and applied science. Participants will learn about the various engineering disciplines-chemical, civil, electrical/computer, mechanical, and nuclear-through hands-on activities and projects. The camp will emphasize the role of engineers as inventors and developers of new products and processes for the benefit of society. Participants will also learn how to best prepare in high school to major in engineering in college. The camp runs July 5-9, 2010. The cost is $325 for commuters and $550 for the residential option.

Discovering Forensic Science
Campers will take a behind-the-scenes look at crime investigations and uncover a series of "who dunnits" using current forensic biological techniques. They will also use molecular biology to examine DNA left behind at the crime scene and ID the culprit. Participants will interact with scientists and investigators as they learn and perform experiments to help solve crimes. The camp runs from July 5-9, 2010. The cost is $325 for commuters and $550 for the residential option.

Discovering Veterinary Science
This summer camp puts students in the role of veterinary assistants under the watchful eye of a veterinarian. Laboratory work such as conducting dissections, reviewing ultra sounds and x-rays, taking cultures, and suturing will be performed. Campers will also visit a veterinary clinic and learn about careers in the field. This camp combines hands-on experience with live animals and scientific principles in biology, chemistry, and anatomy. The camp runs from July 5-9, 2010. The cost is $375 for commuters and $600 for the residential option. Due to the high demand for the Discovery Veterinary Science Camp, a second session has been added for commuters only from July 12-July 16, 2010.

Discovering Advanced Filmmaking
This camp focuses on independent filmmaking including acting and production. Students can stage a drama, a music video, or a talk show, working with the same software that Hollywood studios use to edit video. This camp is for students who have completed the Film and TV camp or are in high school and have basic knowledge of using video equipment. The camp runs from July 12-16, 2010. The cost is $275 for commuters (no residential option is available for this camp).

Discovering Computers and Cyber Security
This camp will include problem-based instruction and hands-on activities with a strong emphasis on exposing students to computer security/information assurance careers, especially in the financial services industry. Students will be involved in many activities to protect and defend personal privacy and information systems, and they will learn techniques for information system restoration by incorporating protection, detection, and recovery capabilities. The camp runs from August 2-6, 2010. The cost is $265 for commuters (no residential option is available for this camp).

Boys & Girls Soccer Camp
Participants in both the boys and girls camps will develop skills in agility and ball-handling, as well as speed training. Camps will be conducted by Penn State Berks NCAA Division III head men's and women's coaches, Laszio "Billy" Balazs and Francisc Munteanu, both former professional European soccer players. The Boys Soccer Camp runs from August 2-6 and the Girls Camp runs from August 9-13, 2010. The cost is $119. The camp runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students entering grades 4-10 are eligible to attend.

Enrollment in High School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. High school students may apply for a camp scholarship (maximum of $50); visit the Web site (berks.psu.edu/ce) to print an application or call 610-396-6225.

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