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WVU Extension Virtual STEM Summer Camps

 

WVU Extension will be running several virtual STEM camps and classes this summer for youth entering 3rd-6th or 7th-12th grade in fall 2021. We would greatly appreciate your help in getting the information below out to families in your community. The virtual series has both free weekly STEM classes and eight different four-week STEM camps that cost $20 each and include a kit that is mailed out prior to camp with all of the materials needed to complete the hands-on activities covered in the camp. The camps and classes will cover a range of topics including the nature of science, the engineering design process, coding, citizen science, astronomy and much more. The list of activities and registration links are below and in the attached flyer.

 

For general questions about the classes and camps contact Jason Fillhart Jason.Fillhart@mail.wvu.edu.

For questions about registration contact Rachel Meininger Rachel.Griffith@mail.wvu.edu.  

 

 

 

 

Free Virtual Summer STEM Classes

Join WVU Extension every Wednesday in June and July from 1:00 – 2:00 PM as we run free STEM activities online. Each week will feature a fun activity on various STEM topics using materials that can be found around the house. Kids will learn how to make a slingshot rocket, the science behind slime, and so much more. Additionally, we will randomly draw the name of one family each week that attended that day’s activity and mail them a fun STEM prize! Registration and participation are free. Attend as many or as few classes as you like. Registered participants will be emailed a schedule in early June that includes the calendar of activities and a list of suggested materials, so your child can follow along.

Class Registration link: https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-6rqjotEtCrgtQEdC3xyy__5Bp-Gdqt

 

Virtual Summer Camps

This summer, WVU Extension will lead eight virtual STEM camps. The camps cover a variety of STEM topics for youth entering 3rd-6th or 7th-12th grade in fall 2021. The camps will meet once a week for four weeks in either June or July, with a new hands-on activity presented each week. Each camp costs $20 and includes a kit of materials that will be mailed before camp. The details and registration links for each camp are provided below. Space is limited; register today!

June Camps (Registrations close May 23rd)

Mars Base Camp

The race to land humans on Mars is on! In this four-week virtual camp, kids will explore sending a mission to Mars with Mars Base Camp. The camp includes four hands-on activities covering topics like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. Registered participants will be mailed a kit that includes the activity materials.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM starting June 8th (June 8, 15, 22, 29). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings.
    • Ages: Youth entering 3rd - 6th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/5519

 

Learn to Code Music and Animation

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn basic coding concepts as they make music videos and animation using CS First and Scratch. The camp is designed for new and beginner coders and also includes hands-on activities and projects. Registered participants will be mailed a kit. 

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 PM starting June 8th (June 8, 15, 22, 29). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings. 
    • Ages: Youth entering 3rd - 6th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/5521

EcoAdventures

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn about the environment and regional ecology in fun and exciting ways. The camp is designed for youth interested in exploring the outdoors. The camp will include hands-on activities and projects such as “build your own cattail boat” and “DIY water filters.” Registered participants will be mailed a kit that includes the hands-on activity materials.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Thursday from 1:00-2:00 PM starting June 10th (June 10, 17, 24, and July 1st). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings.
    • Ages: Youth entering 3rd - 6th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/5522

 

TinkerCAD Camp 

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn how to create 3D objects in TinkerCAD. They will learn to design objects using both a drag-and-drop program and CAD (computer-aided design) techniques. Youth will design their own unique objects such as coins and charm bracelets. Registered participants will create three personalized designs that will be 3D printed and mailed to them after camp.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Wednesday from 2:30-4:00 PM starting June 9th (June 9, 16, 23, and 30). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings. 
    • Ages: Youth entering 7th – 12th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/5524

July Camps (Registrations close June 20th)

The Magic of Chemistry Camp

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn about the nature of science while conducting a series of experiments and chemical reactions. The camp will include hands-on activities on topics such as polymers, glow-in-the-dark reactions, intermolecular forces, slime, and more. Registered participants will be mailed a kit with the needed materials.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM starting July 6th (July 6, 13, 20, 27). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings.
    • Ages: Youth entering 3rd - 6th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/6341

 

 

 

Camp Invention

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn about the engineering design process to plan and build their own inventions. Each week will focus on a different branch of engineering, including mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, chemical and electrical.  The camp will also include hands-on activities and projects for each topic area. Registered participants will be mailed a kit with the needed materials.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 PM starting July 6th (July 6, 13, 20, 27). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings. 
    • Ages: Youth entering 3rd - 6th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/6343

 

Space Camp

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will explore astronomy, the science of space! Topics will include our solar system, stars and constellations, and space travel. Each day will feature hands-on activities with projects such as “build your own model telescope” and “pocket solar system.” Registered participants will be mailed a kit that includes the hands-on activity materials.

 

Micro:Bit Coding and Physical Computing Camp

In this four-week virtual camp, youth will learn how to program their own Micro:bit and automate simple physical computing processes. The camp is designed for both new and experienced coders, where they will program hardware and create their own programs. During this camp, youth will complete activities such as creating a flappy bird-like game and their own sensor. Registered participants will be mailed a kit that includes a microprocessor, servo motor, and other materials to complete the hands-on coding activities.

    • When: The camp will meet virtually every Thursday from 2:30-3:30 PM starting July 8th (July 8, 15, 22, 29). We will use the Zoom platform to host the camp meetings.
    • Ages: Youth entering 7th – 12th grade this fall for the 2021-2022 school year
    • Cost: $20
    • Camp Registration link: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/5523