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Forensic Science

Instead of talking about it or watching it in some dramatized show on TV, you will participate in realistic forensic investigations using actual techniques in use today. Some of the topics we will cover during this week-long class include eyewitness testimony, drug analysis, blood and DNA analysis, hair analysis, forensic anthropology and entomology, and ballistics. Completion of one year of high school biology/health science or chemistry is recommended, but not required. Come see if you have what it takes to figure out "Who Done It"!

Zombie Science

Zombies and a zombie apocalypse have become prevalent topics in pop culture. The topics have become so popular that the CDC has created and published a preparedness plan for a zombie apocalypse, using the situation as a metaphor for a variety of disaster situations. In a similar manner, the goal of this course is to use the zombie apocalypse as a medium for studying a wide variety of topics in the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, physics, biology, physiology, and mathematics. Zombies and their behavior will be explained based on current and relevant scientific research. Come find out if you could survive a zombie apocalypse!

Marine Science

Ever considered a career in marine science?  If so, come get your feet wet in this week-long, hands-on course where we will carry out practical laboratory experiments and do meaningful fieldwork to explore topics in marine ecology, biological oceanography, and physical oceanography.  This course includes a field trip on a working oceanographic research vessel.

Cooking Science

Prepare to indulge your two most chemically related senses — smell and taste — in a gastronomical, yet scientific journey. Students will experiment with, and, of course, consume, a variety of foods as a way to fuse interesting scientific principles with the art of cooking. The “chef-scientists” will prepare staple ingredients, concoct fancy glazes and spices, and whip-up some delicious desserts as a means to learn about basic physical principles and chemical laws, the quantification of mixtures and compounds, and interesting and relevant chemical reactions. Through these examples of food experimentation, you will gain a meaningful understanding of the depth and breadth of the subject that is Cooking Science!

Real World Physical Science Laboratory

Are you interested in science but frustrated by your limited experience in high school science classes? Do you want to experience what real scientists do in the laboratory? If yes, come and join us during this week- long science camp for “real scientists”. Throughout the week we will cover topics such as spectroscopy, including UV-Vis, IR, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and laser spectroscopy, chromatograph, mass spectrometry, and more. You will apply these techniques to an array of interesting real- world problems from biomedical application to environmental problem solving and get hand-on experience using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Completion of one year of high school physics or chemistry is recommended, but not required.

Pre-Health Science: How the Heart Works

In this course we will explore how the heart works to move blood through the body. We will discuss what makes the heart contract and how the blood vessels work to distribute the blood to the different parts of the body. Students will be shown how to measure blood pressure, the electrical activity of the heart (ECG), and other techniques to see how well the heart is working. This course is open to anyone interested in the science of health or wellness, but is particularly aimed at students considering college paths that would lead them to a health-related career (nurse/physical therapist/doctor/trainer/pharmacist).

Pre-Health Science: Exploring Chronic Diseases

High blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes are just a few of the common, chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. Through hands-on activities with medical instruments and techniques, as well as class discussion and laboratories, you will learn about factors that contribute to these diseases and how to prevent or treat them. This course is open to anyone interested in the science of health or wellness, but is particularly aimed at students considering college paths that would lead them to a health-related career (nurse/physical therapist/doctor/trainer/pharmacist).

Environmental Science

In this course, students will investigate a variety of environmental science topics: water, remediation, life cycle analysis, climate change, food, regeneration, and sustainable development. Through field trips and hands-on activities, with additional classroom/lab exercises and discussions, students will engage in college-level coursework dealing with current issues of concern. We will discuss environmental careers and contribute to a local restoration project. Come prepared to be outside, visit relevant sites, do lab work, and expand your understanding of the natural world and humanity’s relationship to it.