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Rocket Camp

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 2012. Participants can choose between a commuter and a residential option (commuter option only for the Basic Theater 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 and there is an additional fee for these activities. Camps run from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Discovering Computers and Cyber Security

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. Students 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 camp runs from July 9–13, 2012. The cost is $350 for commuters and $625 for the residential option.

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 camp runs July 9–13, 2012. The cost is $350 for commuters and $625 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 camp runs from July 9–13, 2012. The cost is $375 for commuters and $625 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 camp runs from July 9–13, 2012. The cost is $375 for commuters and $625 for the residential option.

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 (no residential option is available for this camp).

Enrollment in High School Youth Campus camps is limited and early registration is recommended. Visit our summer camp program website to print an application or call 610-396-6225.

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