Discovery High School Camps focus on STEM fields

READING, Pa. — With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related fields, students attending Penn State Berks Discovery High School Youth Camps will learn about various career fields, the world around them and themselves. The camps are for students entering ninth through 12th grades in fall 2016. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11–15.

Computers & Cyber Security Camp
(waitlist registration only)
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. Participants 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 cost is $400 commuter/$725 residential.

Engineering Camp: Rockets & Racecars
(waitlist registration only)
Students will explore engineering, technology, and applied science, and 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 best to prepare in high school to major in engineering in college. The cost is $435 commuter/$745 residential.

NEW! Food Science Camp
This new camp will investigate the food chain, how food is grown, processed, and stored in a way that benefits mankind. In fact, students will learn firsthand how food is processed by visiting a local company and then, using Penn State grown veggies and herbs, campers will produce a farm-to-table dinner on the last day of camp. The cost is $435 commuter/$745 residential. 

Forensic Science Camp
(registration closed)
Participants will be introduced to the world of forensic science, take a behind-the-scenes look at crime investigations, and uncover a series of “whodunits” using current forensic techniques. They will also use molecular biology to examine DNA left behind at the crime scene and ID the culprit. Students will have the chance to interact with scientists and investigators as they learn and perform experiments to help solve crimes. The cost is $435 commuter/$745 residential.

NEW! Pre-Med Camp
(registration closed)
Students will gain a realistic view of the duties and responsibilities of a medical professional. They will also learn about human anatomy, community health, and more. The cost is $435 commuter/$745 residential.

Veterinary Science Camp
(registration closed)
Combining hands-on experience with live animals with scientific principles in biology, chemistry, and anatomy, students will take on 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. The cost is $435 commuter/$745 residential.

Enrollment in Discovery High School Camps is limited and early registration is recommended. For more information or to print an application, visit or call Continuing Education at 610-396-6225 or 1-800-BERKS-CE.