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QUEST Summer Math and Science Camp

QUEST is a hands-on, activity-based summer science camp for students entering grades 6 - 8. The camp will meet daily from July 17th 21st, 2017. More information, including registration, will be available in May 2017.

Campers showing off flower samples collected during an activity.What types of topics will be covered?

Throughout the week, students will rotate through a variety of activities that cover earth science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, and mathematics. For each activity, students will have the opportunity to explore math and science problems in a fun, engaging way. For example, in one activity, students in previous years were presented with a mock crime and learned the necessary biological and chemical tests to conduct a CSI-type investigation in order to solve the crime.

What other activities will be provided at the camp?Campers working outside on a project.

In addition to the sessions discussed above, students will get to participate in a variety of educational activities on campus. In previous years, these included a chemistry magic show, a visit to the bubble planetarium, and a tour of the campus' greenhouses. Students also participated in a camp-wide water-balloon launching competition.

Campers work outside in the campus atrium.Where is the camp held?

The camp is held at CWU's Ellensburg Campus. CWU provides an excellent venue for this camp, as students will have access to collegiate science labs and other facilities such as computer labs, the campus planetarium, campus greenhouse, and biology animal collections. We are proud to be able to provide students with a learning environment which is in fact one used by professional scientists in their day-to-day work. CWU also has ample outdoor space which is utilized, weather permitting, for everything from rocket launches to water balloon fights.

Who is teaching the camp?Campers working in a computer lab.

QUEST Camp is pleased to offer well-qualified and enthusiastic camp teachers. The teachers are very experienced pre-service education students and/or science majors. CWU faculty and staff are involved in mentoring these teachers and providing additional camp activities.

What will campers do throughout the week?

What follows is an example of what a typical QUEST week might look like.

Monday, AMCheck in and welcome; Magic Show, Planetarium

Monday, PMNature of Science activities

Tuesday, AM and PM - Chemistry and Physics sessions

Wednesday, AMCSI Activity Part 1

Wednesday, PM - Physics with water balloons

Thursday, AM and PMLife and Earth Science Sessions

Friday, AMCSI Activity Part 2

Friday, PMChemistry Demonstration, Slide Show, Award Ceremony

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