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Middle School Youth Camps combine learning and fun

Penn State Berks Middle School Youth Camps provide a fun, educational experience. Camps run from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., (except the Soccer camps, which run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and begin on Sunday.)

Environmental Ecology and Science
The camp, designed for students entering grades five through eight, will focus on exploring and learning about the environment-topical areas that include water, recycling, agriculture, and forestry. Participants will work with scientific tools and techniques to determine the health of a stream, safely gather and grow bacteria, conduct experiments with microscopic animals, and using the power of observation, gather clues in solving environmental problems. A chaperoned field trip is planned to offer campers hands-on learning experiences. This camp runs June 28-July 2, 2010. The cost is $225.

Film and TV
Students entering grades five through eight 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 28-July 2, 2010. 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 12-16, 2010. The cost is $275 for commuters (no residential option is available for this camp).

Imagination Station
This camp is offered for students entering fourth through eighth grades and it is designed as an adventure through literature centered around J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Campers will be divided into "houses" for the week's activities. Discussions, drama, science, crafts, math, and games are designed to increase students' creativity, self-expression, self-esteem, individuality, sharing capabilities, and motivation. A chaperoned field trip will provide a magical experience for the participants. This camp runs July 12-16, 2010. The cost is $225.

Science of Technology
Campers entering grades five through eight will develop an understanding of "how things work" through hands-on activities that demonstrate the 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 August 2-6, 2010. The cost is $225.

Boys & Girls Soccer Camp
Participants entering fourth through tenth grades in both the boys and girls soccer camps will develop ball-handling skills, as well as speed training and agility. Camps will be conducted by Penn State Berks NCAA Division III head men's and women's soccer coaches, Laszio "Billy" Balazs and Francisc Munteanu, both former professional European soccer players. The Boys Camp runs August 2-6, 2010 and the Girls Camp runs from August 9-13, 2010. Both camps run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $119.

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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