Middle School Youth Camps combine learning and fun

Penn State Berks Middle School Youth Camps provide a fun, educational experience for middle school students. 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, 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 23?27, 2014, and the cost is $265.

Make Your First Video Game / Video Game Animation Camp

Students who enjoy video games will love this camp. They will learn the keys to designing their first 2-D game using conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sound, and music. Students will design their own character, its personality, moves, special powers, and story lines. No experience is necessary to join this camp. Games will be available to play on BlackRocket?s website using a PC computer. This camp runs from July 7?11, 2014, and the cost is $285.

Junior Nittany Criminal Investigative Service Camp

This camp teaches students the science and the chemical techniques that can be used to solve puzzling crimes, such as how to analyze blood splatter, use footprints to estimate height, use Excel to analyze FBI crime data, and graph for data analysis. This camp runs from July 14?18, 2014, and the cost is $265.

Youth Architect: Learning the Building Blocks of Design Camp

Students who enjoy building, designing, and/or creating structures from toys or a computer will excel in this camp, which will demystify the design process by taking a concept and teaching budding architects, step-by-step, how to make a concept a reality. Taught by a leading Berks County architect, students will enjoy meeting and hearing from numerous professionals, working in groups, using AutoCAD, and visiting several of Berks County?s architecturally significant buildings. This camp runs from July 21?25, 2014, and the cost is $265.

Science of Technology Camp

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, and gain valuable problem-solving and teamwork skills. This camp runs from July 28?August 1, 2014, and the cost is $265.

Enrollment in Middle School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information or to print an application, visit berks.psu.edu/summercamps or call Continuing Education at 610-396-6225 or 1-800-BERKS-CE.