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Middle School Youth Camps combine learning and fun

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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.

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 25–29, 2012, and the cost is $245. 

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 23–27, 2012, and the cost is $265. 

Jr. Nittany Criminal Investigative Science Camp

This new camp will keep junior crime solvers on their toes throughout the week; each day different fun scenarios will be presented to the campers. Working together, they will learn problem solving skills and strategies, as well as scientific principles to solve the crime and bring the criminals to justice. This camp runs from July 23–27, 2012, and the cost is $245.

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 July 30–August 3, 2012, and the cost is $245.

Enrollment in Middle School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information, visit our summer camp web page or call 610-396-6225.

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