Washington State University Tri-Cities

Summer STEM Camps

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Join us for action-packed, hands-on, learning adventures for students ages 10-14*. Certified teachers engage students in safe, creative and challenging learning experiences to grow campers’ knowledge in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. Eleven, week long (Monday-Friday) day camps are offering at the WSU Tri-Cities’ campus in Richland during the month of July. Select from full-day or half-day options and register now. Space is limited in each camp and camps are expected to quickly sell out.

July 7-11

  • Design It! (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Experience innovation and design by exploring what makes good design, from graphic design to industrial design. Then create and design a new product and build a prototype using a variety of media or a 3D printer. Connect with expert designers from our community as you refine your product, develop packaging and a marketing concept to pitch your idea to experienced entrepreneurs at our “Shark Tank” like event.
  • Ultimate Flight (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Soar into the exploration, design, and testing of flying machines. From ancient weapons to a 2-stage rocket that soars over 1000 feet. Analyze why things fly or fail by studying past and present successes and failures in flight technology. Apply your skills while exploring physics and aerodynamics, including laws of motion and trajectory. Design and test propellers and wings. Apply concepts of force and energy while launching projectiles. Create catapults, slingshots, and rockets as you learn about the science behind flight.
  • Physics of the Ninja (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Learn about inertia, rotational momentum, mass, force, and direction through a historical review of the Japanese period of the Ninja. Understand weaponry engineering including the Ninja Star. Use traditional arts of stealth and camouflage behind the ninja sartorial and design ways to conceal identity. Learn to walk in stealth mode—Ninjutsu style! Create and test hypotheses to apply ancient wisdom to current challenges with fun science experiments about inertia, rotational momentum, mass, force, and direction through a historical review of the Japanese period of the Ninja. Understand weaponry engineering including the Ninja Star. Use traditional arts of stealth and camouflage behind the ninja sartorial and design ways to conceal identity. Learn to walk in stealth mode—Ninjutsu style! Create and test hypotheses to apply ancient wisdom to current challenges with fun science experiments.

July 14-18

  • SOLD OUT

    Unlock the Code behind Gaming (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Bring your imagination to life by learning game development. Discover the strategy, design, and coding behind the creation of video games. Acquire technical skills in object-oriented programming and the C# language. Play games to reverse engineer processes and requirements, then master the Unity 3D game engine to build your own worlds and code your own heroes in 2D and 3D games to play with friends and family at our game-athon.
  • Science of Survival (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Explore the science behind survival including biological requirements, communication, problem solving, planning and more. Learn survival strategies from natural camouflage to knot tying. Experience finding food in nature. Design ways to capture and filter water. Identify natural shelters and build emergency shelter. Use technology and tech-free methods to find your direction in the wild. Work in teams to run through disaster simulations as you test and apply your knowledge.

July 21-25

  • Robots Rule (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Learn advanced robotic technology then design and build multiple robots to complete tasks and solve problems. Test pincers, grapplers, track and tread, motors, sensors and more to complete team challenges. Use the fischertechnikTM system, designed to challenge robotic engineers, as you code your programmable logic controllers to enable a robot to compete in Robo-Games.
  • Cracking the Human Code (8:30 a.m.-noon)—Uncover the building blocks of life as you explore genetics and body systems. Dissect a chicken wing to learn more about tendons, veins, nerves and more. Examine a cow’s eye to see how anatomy and optics affect vision. Explore mobility and learn about the technology behind adaptations and prosthetics while you design a prosthetic device. Spark your interest in scientific research as you conduct experiments to explore the foundations of life.

  • Call of the Wild (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Join us for an animal adventure. Whether you want to be a veterinarian or want to know more about animals, you can explore the wilds of nature by investigating predators in the air, beasts on land, and underwater creatures. Learn how to track animals and identify signs left in nature. Join us for dung day and learn about real-world uses for poop. Use dissection to learn more about the anatomy and defense tactics of animals.

  • Building Big™ (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Explore large structures and investigate the science and math requirements for the architecture and engineering to build them. Take on the challenge of designing and building bridges and domes. Investigate a troubled dam and decide whether to repair or replace it. Blast, drill and burrow through mountains, beneath cities and underwater as you learn about tunnel design.

July 28–August 1

  • Power the Future (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Grow your knowledge of clean energy solutions. Understand the impact of greenhouse gas and bioenergy crops. Learn how alternative energy components can be integrated into your home by working with the Traveling Renewable Energy Kiosk. Expand your science and engineering knowledge as you build and test sun, water, wind and biofuels energy sources.
  • CSI Science (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)—Enter the world of forensic science and put it into practice to solve a mystery through logic and experiments including blood splatter analysis, teeth impressions and more. Learn how to remember critical details of an incident and collect and preserve evidence. Use chemistry to uncover unseen evidence like fingerprints and blood stains. Try to beat the lie detector and learn about polygraph technologies. Put it all together to build a credible case.

For more information, contact us at 509-372-7123 or summercamp@tricity.wsu.edu.

*If your student is not yet 10 or has just turned 15, please contact us about options.

Camp Schedule

July 7-11

  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Design It!
    Ultimate Flight
  • 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Physics of the Ninja

July 14-18

  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Unlock the Code behind Gaming
    Science of Survival

July 21-25

  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Robots Rule
  • 8:30 a.m.-noon
    Cracking the Human Code
  • 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Call of the Wild
    Building Big™

July 28-Aug. 1

  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Power the Future
    CSI Science
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