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An Option to Earn High School Credit while Having Summer Fun

5 high school credits in “Introduction to Scientific Application: Science, Technology, and Society“, which is equivalent to a semester course, will be offered to those who participate in any 4 of the following 5 hands-on science camps (within 2 summers) and satisfactorily complete related assignments.  A letter grade will be given based on the assessments and shown on the transcript.  The result of this course would be counted toward high school GPA for college application purpose.  Interested middle and high school students are welcome to explore this option.

Electricity and Electronics (6/16-6/20)

Theories on electricity and electronics are taught through hands-on learning and application activities.  Campers will be involved in a series of investigations that explore transistors and semiconductors, analog integrated circuits, and digital integrated circuits, to name just a few. Student teams construct circuits using resistors, capacitors, transistors, jumper wires, a group power supply, LEDs, switches, loudspeakers, diodes, photo cells, integrated circuits. As application is part of the goal, these experiments introduce the basic circuits that are behind most of our modern electronics as they build amplifiers, sirens, remote control detectors, a touch oscillator, gated oscillator, a counter with display, and traffic light display among others.

Crime Scene Investigation (6/30-7/3)

This camp will let campers get a first-hand experience of how it’s like becoming a crime scene investigator. To solve different crimes, each junior investigators will take up a specific role in the crime lab’s team.  They’ll sort data and run tests to determine the chemical makeup of evidence and decide on the importance of items. Simulations include crime scene investigation and scientific inquiry. Students are guided to use standard forensic techniques to solve the crime mystery. Examination of fingerprints, hair samples, and use of thin-layer chromatography, etc. will reveal the suspects of the culprit.

Space Science (7/7-7/11)

Blast off on a mission to explore outer space and the objects in it with a wide array of cosmic experiments. Launch rockets and learn about rocket propulsion. Visit NASA and be inspired by the great work of the space scientists.  Build a telescope and star map to investigate the stars and constellations. Assemble a model of the solar system, and learn about the planets that share it. Find out how Earth’s rotation creates day and night, how Earth’s axis and revolution around the sun cause the seasons, and how the moon’s rotation around Earth gives us the phases of the moon.  Study the Big Bang Theory, Learn how Kepler’s  Law describes common feature of the motions of orbiting objects, and investigate how nuclear fusion releases the energy from the center of the sun.

Cell Biology (7/21-7/25)

Our germinating biologists will take a fun trip to explore the fundamentals of life processes of plants and animals.  Through experiments, hands-on projects, and activities, they will be amazed by what are occurring in specialized areas of the cells.   Cell organelles team simulation, DNA digital replication, cell challenge skids, operation antibiotics, etc. are only a few examples of the exciting learning activities.  Campers will also learn how cell biology can be applied to fighting diseases, genetics, crime scene investigation, and biotechnology.

Genetics (7/28-8/1)

This camp starts with being inspired by great scientists.  Follow Gregor Mendel as he reasons through the laws of inheritance.  Work with Thomas Hunt Morgan as he breeds fruit flies.  Watch James Watson as he builds his 3-D Model of DNA.  Discover how John Craig Venter sequences the human genome.  The fun then follows.  Serious studies are turned into engaging scientific games.  ChromoSocks activities are conducted to demonstrate the differences between chromosomes and the genetic information they carry.  The budding geneticists will investigate 5 common human diseases by identifying amino acid sequences.  They will learn specific skill set to conduct sequence comparisons and determine its role in a specific disease. Offering a fresh approach to the traditional karyotyping activity, Disorder Detectives is sure to engage the students and pique their interest in the impact of chromosome disorders on human disease.

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