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Middle School Youth Camps combine learning and fun

Penn State Berks Middle School Youth Camps provide a fun, educational experience for students entering grades five–eight, unless otherwise noted. Camps run from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Exploring Today’s Energy–Alternative and Renewable Sources Camp
The goal of the Exploring Today’s Energy camp is to introduce students to the wide array of energy sources. Campers will experience first-hand how natural resources like solar, wind, and water can be converted into usable electric power. These engaging projects will emphasize teamwork and innovative problem-solving and a field trip will help to reinforce what they have learned. This camp runs from June 20–24, 2011, and the cost is $265.
 
You Be the Chemist® Camp
In the You Be the Chemist® Camp, developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), campers will have the opportunity to work with common materials and everyday situations, and find that chemistry explains much of the world in which we live. By understanding chemistry, the participants can begin to answer for themselves many of the “why” questions they pondered in the past. This camp runs from June 27–July 1, 2011, and the cost is $225.
 
Basic Theatre Camp
The Basic Theater Camp is designed to introduce students ages 10-18, entering grades five–twelve, to all that is involved in putting on a live production. Participants will learn the casting/auditions process; assemble a stage crew and learn the various crew jobs; work the stage through the use of cues, stage directions, and props; learn the acting process through voice projection exercises, staging practices, and play rehearsals; and finally stage an actual production. This camp runs from July 25–29, 2011, and the cost is $250.
 
Science of Technology—Buildings, Bridges, and Robots

Students will gain an understanding of “how things work” through hands-on activities that demonstrate the important 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. No prior knowledge of robotics or other engineering technology topics is required. This camp runs from August 1¬–5, 2011, and the cost is $225.
 
Film and TV
Students will learn about the three stages of professional television production: pre-production, production, and post-production. Campers will also learn what is involved in bringing a production to life on the screen from both a behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-camera perspective. They will learn about script writing, various types of camera angles and how they are used, and set design. A chaperoned field trip to a television studio is planned. This camp runs June 27-July 1, 2011, and the cost is $250.

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 18-22, 2011, and the cost is $275.

Enrollment in Middle School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, visit berks.psu.edu/ce or call 610-396-6225.
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