These camps are designed specifically to provide you with the opportunity to go hands-on and in-depth across disciplines. Learn critical-thinking skills and explore science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. What will you discover this summer?
Academic Summit: Meeting of the Minds (grades 6-8) June 25 - 29, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Reed College
- Explore the challenges of the 21st century and draw on creative resolutions from science, engineering, science, technology, humanities and art. Meet experts on the cutting edge of gene-editing, energy storage, social justice, our place in space and the microscopic world. Simulate a Vulcan mind meld and make connections, identify challenges, ask questions and seek solutions through a week of hands-on learning.
AWSEM Camp: Science & Engineering for Girls (grades 6-8) July 16 - 20, 9 AM - 4 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Reed College
- Explore a future career in science or engineering. Meet girls your age interested in science, engineering and math. Visit female mentors with successful careers in these fields. Conduct experiments, engineer wearable electronics, solve a crime using forensic science, construct a Rube Goldberg device, tour a nuclear reactor and more in this action packed day camp.
Curiosity Challenge (grades 4-5) June 25 - 29, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Reed College
- Trace curious connections between science, engineering, science, technology and art and how creative new ideas take form. Follow your curiosity through botanical mysteries, famous characters, physics of energy storage, and the tiny, microscopic world.
Comic Book Camp (grades 6-8), July 9 - July 13, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five meetings Mon. - Fri. at Central Catholic High School
- Use your ideas about heroes and making the world a better place as inspiration for your own comic! Utilize both writing and drawing skills to tell unique, interesting and personal stories in your very own graphic novel. Comic storytelling combines both writing and drawing to tell tales that span every conceivable genre. Employ the techniques of professional cartoonists to tell own your story, from narrative development to layout, penciling, inking, coloring and lettering a final product. Improve your ability to tell a story clearly by designing pages that engage readers and communicate effectively. Incorporate math into your project through 2D and 3D perspectives.
Emergency Response Team (grades 8-10), Jul. 16 - 20, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at UP
The short- and long- term needs of fire, earthquake and tsunami victims are a reminder of the need for leaders who are trained to manage both the disaster and the aftermath. Meet emergency managers and go behind the scenes of what they do every day to continue vital operations, repair and restore our utilities and protect the health and well-being of individuals facing disasters large and small. With the support of the Multnomah County Emergency Management team we'll run exercises in radio communication, triage, equity in disaster management and more. When systems are down people have to rely on each other - learn how to organize your neighbors and be resilient in the face of emergencies. Field trips include tours such as the Emergency Coordination Center with Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.
Innovation Camp (grades 2-4), July 16 - 20, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at University of Portland
- Build and test bridges, towers, cranes, and cars with LEGO®. Design a Rube Goldberg device from simple machine principles. Dissect and trace the digestive tract of a shark. Make magnetic slime and nano-thin rainbow film. Discover the science of what’s possible.
Kid Lawyer Camp (grades 6-8), July 30 - August 3, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Reed College
- Present your case. Ensure justice is served! Discover what it takes to master the art of cross examining a witness and delivering a closing statement. Learn how forensics provides answers to the clues found at the scene of a crime, how photojournalists paint the picture of a crime and how journalists and news reporters shape the views of society.
Model United Nations Camp (grades 8-9), July 16 - 20, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at the Muslim Educational Trust
- Where scientific research and global policy meet. Work with scientists to analyze water samples and research how policy impacts water quality around the world. Master the art of parliamentary procedure as you represent a member state of the United Nations and debate water scarcity issues with other nations. Gain experience as a Model UN delegate.
Science Olympiad Prep (grades 6-8), Aug. 6 - 10, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Marylhurst university
- Go beyond the basics. Work in teams to think, collaborate and design like scientists and engineers. Optimize designs within stringent constraints and extend your experience in the world of science. Prepare for the Science Olympiad, a state and national science competition for grades 6 – 12 where teams collaborate in knowledge, laboratory and building events. Learn how to build a team and explore Science Olympiad themes such as Forensics and BioProcess Lab, Elastic Launched Glider, Robo-Cross and Mission Possible.
Sports Science Camp (grades 7-8) July 9 - 13, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at UP
- Join the team behind every athlete. Do you love sports? Explore careers in sports medicine, communication and sports gear design. Meet medical physicians, athletic shoe designers and newscasters on the job and tour state of the art labs on the science of movement. Learn what it takes to support the sports and athletes we love.
STEM Career Explorations Camp (grades 9-12) July 23-27, 10 AM - 4 PM, Five Meetings, at PCC-Rock Creek
- Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are evolving rapidly. Through hands-on activities and site visits, explore an array of STEM fields, from biology and chemistry, to math and engineering, plus relatively new fields such as microelectronics and environmental science.