February 26, 2015 - 8:41am -- green.84@osu.edu

STEM Camp is closed as of May 8, 2015

What do your children or grandchildren want to be when they grow up? Do they want to be scientists, doctors or engineers? What about farmers or video game designers? Maybe they want to work with animals? Or would they rather play with computers?

A few days at STEM Camp might help them decide. And, they’ll have fun along the way.

Boys and girls currently in fifth through seventh grades from an 11-county region in southern Ohio are invited to attend STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp at Canter’s Cave this summer.

The region includes Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties. The camp is being planned and implemented by OSU Extension professionals from several of these counties. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth are invited to attend.

The camp will begin after lunch June 2 and end late morning June 4. It will be at the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center/Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson. The camp is an ideal setting for such a program, offering an abundance of natural resources and traditional camp activities. During the three-day, two-night camp, participants will take part in both special workshops focused on STEM and in some of those traditional camp activities — with a STEM twist.

But, the camp won’t feel the least bit like school. Participants will select two STEM areas to explore in-depth. Choices include aerospace, robotics, environmental science, food science, animal science, life science, music science, and forensic science.

Both basic and advanced sessions will be offered in robotics again this year.

Participants will do many hands-on activities and learn about careers in the field. They’ll also enjoy team building “engineering” challenges, explore the night sky, and learn about the science of fire during a traditional campfire. And, they may have to learn something about food science as they work together to prepare their evening snacks.

This year’s camp will also feature a visit from Ohio State’s Dr. Bob (a science guy) and a new Monsanto engineering challenge.

For those who want to sign up, event brochure/registration form is available at go.osu.edu/STEMCamp15. The fee to participate in the camp is $65 per camper, but only 90 campers will be accepted. Deadline for registration is May 1. 

Forms are also listed here for the camp. 2015 4H STEM Registration Form and All Camping Forms are required for camp registration.