JEDC announces its summer science camps

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard program has announced its 2010 schedule of summer science camps. These collaborative, hands-on camps for kids ages 9 and up offer great opportunities for fun, direct-experience learning with scientists and experts in various fields. This summer's programs range from day camps in Juneau to outdoor modules at Glacier Bay, Haines and the Cape Decision Lighthouse.

Through SpringBoard, JEDC leverages funding from the US Department of Defense by partnering with other federal and state agencies and private businesses to offer exciting, hands-on learning programs in science, technology, engineering and math. DoD's aim is to increase interest among students in choosing STEM careers. Key ingredients for all of JEDC's STEM programs are highly qualified instructors, small student groups, a hands-on/curiosity-driven approach to learning, and intriguing and challenging environments.

The summer season kicks off June 13 with Discover Design & Research at UAS, a residential camp for high school students to experience college-level instruction and earn one college credit. DDR students choose from five different modules: Glacier Dynamics and Biological Succession, Tlingit Ethnohistory and the Little Ice Age Glacial Surge, GIS and Marine Mammals, Climate Change, and Exploring the Mathematical Universe. The first four modules will include 7 to 8 days of field studies, while the math module will get a true university experience on the UAS campus.

Flight Quest, which runs from June 28-July 2 at Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS), is a unique new program for 7th and 8th grade students focused on the physics of flight. Participants will design, build and launch prototype aircraft and rockets.

In the popular Sun to Sea NOAA Science Camp, middle schoolers learn about atmospheric and marine science, build submersible remote-operated vessels and explore the intertidal and underwater world of Auke Bay. Sun to Sea is based at the NOAA Auke Bay Laboratory July 12-23.

Also new this year is Watt's Up?, a camp for fifth- and sixth-graders based at TMHS from July 12-16 with a focus on "green" energy technology.

Finally, there are two FIRST Lego League NXT Programming Camps, one July 5-6 for beginners ages 9-14 and another July 7-8 for students with prior experience. In these camps students learn how to use Mindstorms software to program robots made of Legos. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

JEDC's summer programs are open to students from Juneau and beyond. Last year, students participated from other parts of Alaska and as far away as Illinois.

For more information about JEDC's STEM programs, visit or contact Mary Hakala at or 523-2336, or Becca Parks at or 523-2334.

For more information about the Juneau Economic Development Council and its SpringBoard programs, contact Larry West at 523-2328,

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