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Students learn through Discovery High School Youth Camps

6/19/2009 —
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 2009 and participants can choose between a commuter or resident option (commuter option only for the Computer & Cyber Security 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, July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Due to the high demand for the Discovery Veterinary Science Camp, a second session has been added for commuters only from July 13-July 17, and the cost is $365.

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 cost is $265 for commuters and $495 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 cost is $265 for commuters and $495 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 cost is $365 for commuters and $550 for the residential option.

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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