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WVU Summer Science Camp (2014)

West Virginia University offers a five day, non-residential camp, teaching concepts that are relevant to modern life. Topics include mechanics of sport/outdoor activities, design of smart materials, clean energy technology, lasers in medicine and industry, and future communications technologies. In 2014 the camp will host twenty rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, who have had minimal or no formal exposure to science.

Dates and Times: June 23 – 27, 2014. From 10 am to 4 pm each day.

Location: White Hall, 135 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV

Participant Cost: $80

APPLY NOW : Students wishing to participate in the camp must fill out all application information by May 25. All applications must be signed by both a parent/guardian and a science/math teacher. The camp brochure provides the application details.

Primary Contact: Jennifer Robertson-Honecker


Photo from WVU Summer Science Camp 2012. Camp Leaders: Alan Bristow (left) and Jen Robertson-Honecker (second from right).

Camp Details

The Summer Science Camp has been running since 2008 and typically host about 20 students per year, predominantly from northern West Virginia. The Camp is designed to provide experience in fundamental science concepts in an informal environment and provide fun challenges for students to engage in. Camp leaders are trained in education and science and will guide students in activities that ask simple questions and result in important answers for why our world works the way it does. Attending the camp will prepare students for challenges of transitioning from middle-school to high-school science classes.

The camp will be held in White Hall, a newly renovated and state-of-the-art teaching facility on the downtown campus of WVU. Each day, two activities will be undertaken in small groups. There will be a one hour break for lunch at the Mountainlair. Students must provide their own bagged or purchased lunches.

Anticipated Program for 2014

  • Day 1: Energy, Forces and Mechanics: zipline science design and test bridges; test solar-powered motors
  • Day 2: Electricity and Magnetism: deconstruction of modern electronics; build circuits and electromagnetic motors
  • Day 3: Optics: hands-on experimentation with lasers, lenses and prisms; laser research tours and demonstrations
  • Day 4: Astronomy: planetarium show, solar projection and spectroscopy
  • Day 5: Atoms and Molecules: investigate the color of atoms; explore the science of fireworks

See the 2014 camp brochure and application form.

Activity Information

Details of previous years’ activities are available for students and educators alike. Most activities can be performed in the classroom or at home, in some cases with adult supervision.

Chemistry | Energy | Forensics | Nanoscience | Optics

The WVU Summer Science Camp and this website are for informational purposes only. The camp leaders and sponsors do not take responsibility for others who use information from this website. Any details provided for products used in the activities are also not intended as endorsements. Information on this website cannot be used for non-academic purposes without permission.

General information for the website assembled by Jennifer Robertson-Honecker, Alan Bristow, Sergei Urazhdin (@ Emory University), and Feruz Ganikhanov (@ University of Rhode Island). In addition, Jen and Alan wrote an Activities Workbook for the 2012 camp.

Affiliation and Support

The WVU Science Camp is affiliated with the Department of Physics and Astronony, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, Eberly College of Art and Sciences and WVU Extension Services.

Support for 2014 Camp provided by the Office of the Provost at West Virginia University and Eberly College.

Support for previous years was provided by National Science Foundation Career Awards DMR-1218414 and 0952532, Cottrell Award from the Research Corporation and NanoSafe (formerly the WVNano Initiative).

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