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2020 Summer Camps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Summer Camps have been canceled. We look forward to seeing you next summer.

Whether robotics, physics, writing, history, or mathematical perspectives…Columbia State has a summer camp for your middle schooler.

Please check out the upcoming camps which are listed by campus. We can't wait to see you this summer.

Forensic Science - June 15-19
Larry Turner - Forensic Scientist
The topics covered in this Forensic Science camp include, but are not limited to:

  • Necessary steps it takes to become a Forensic Examiner
  • Discover the different methods of Forensic Science that real Forensic Scientists and crime scene detectives use such as Fingerprint Analysis (AFIS), Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology/DNA (CODIS), Blood Alcohol Determination, Controlled Substance (DRUG) Analysis, Firearms and Toolmark Examinations (NIBIN), and Question Document Analysis.
  • Students will get the opportunity to see how a real crime scene is worked.

Creative Writing Workshop - June 22-26
Judith Broadbent, Adjunct Faculty, English Students will be introduced to the basic writing techniques of poetry and short stories. Throughout the week, students will create and illustrate a portfolio of pieces that will include poetry, short stories, and short one act plays. Students will have daily writing time as well as an opportunity to receive one-on-one evaluations by the instructor. This weeklong workshop will wrap up on Friday afternoon with time for students to present their work in front of family and friends.

Alan Fisher, Professor of Computer Information Technology at Columbia State

The first four days will be allocated to learning basic LEGO robot programming commands for movement, turning, sensing, decision-making and how to combine the commands into sequences for solving problems. For the fifth day, participants will design, build and program a robot for a competition. Parents are encouraged to attend the competition on the final day.

Alan Fisher, Professor of Computer Information Technology at Columbia State

Goals of the camp are learning concepts of programming, engineering practices, and teamwork. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education Kits, Raspberry Pi based robots and program development environments will be used for hands-on building and programming activities. Participants will build several robots and use LEGO Mindstorms and Python based programming environments.

Animal Science - June 8-12
Paige Smith, Instructor of STM at Columbia State

This camp is geared to kids that aspire to grow up to work in the veterinary medicine field or agriculture field or just want to learn more about animals. It will be a fun filled week learning how to properly care for various animals including, but not limited to, cattle, swine, horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, dogs and cats. Throughout the week, we will cover different breeds of each animal as well as their nutrition, digestion, and reproduction. Students will learn general care of each animal as well as get to interact with them! We will be making home goods with animal byproducts like butter and ice cream.

H.E.A.L.T.H. - June 15-19
Amy Huff, Associate Professor of Nursing at Columbia State

Our “patient” needs help “escaping” from the hospital and learning good health practices. Participants will learn simple physical assessments, basic first aid, and healthy behaviors. They will also work in small groups to create poster presentations on selected health topics to be exhibited on the final day of camp. Guest speakers from the health care field will help them explore some healthcare occupations.

Larry Turner, Forensic Scientist

The topics covered in this Forensic Science camp include, but are not limited to:

  • Necessary steps it takes to become a Forensic Examiner
  • Discover the different methods of Forensic Science that real Forensic Scientists and crime scene detectives use such as Fingerprint Analysis (AFIS), Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology/DNA (CODIS), Blood Alcohol Determination, Controlled Substance (DRUG) Analysis, Firearms and Toolmark Examinations (NIBIN), and Question Document Analysis.
  • Students will get the opportunity to see how a real crime scene is worked.

Differentiated Perspectives - July 6-10
Radhika Ramjee, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

"The mind is like a parachute-- It doesn't work unless it is open."

Differentiated Perspectives aims to look at the real-life application of mathematical ideas and concepts in an exciting and engaging environment.

In this camp, we will introduce math in creative ways, addressing topic areas such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Students will be involved in activities both indoors and outdoors, which will help them show how math concepts are a part of daily life. To foster interdisciplinary thinking, they will work on experiments involving both math and science.

Creative Writing Workshop - July 6-10
Judith Broadbent, Adjunct Faculty, English

This summer workshop provides a unique opportunity for middle school students to explore the writing construct of creative writing.

Students will be introduced to the basic writing techniques of poetry and short stories.  Throughout the week, students will create and illustrate a portfolio of pieces that will include poetry, short stories, and short one act plays.  Students will have daily writing time as well as an opportunity to receive one-on-one evaluations by the instructor.  This weeklong workshop will wrap up on Friday afternoon with time for students to present their work in front of family and friends.

Larry Turner, Forensic Scientist

The topics covered in this Forensic Science camp include, but are not limited to:

  • Necessary steps it takes to become a Forensic Examiner
  • Discover the different methods of Forensic Science that real Forensic Scientists and crime scene detectives use such as Fingerprint Analysis (AFIS), Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology/DNA (CODIS), Blood Alcohol Determination, Controlled Substance (DRUG) Analysis, Firearms and Toolmark Examinations (NIBIN), and Question Document Analysis.
  • Students will get the opportunity to see how a real crime scene is worked.

Kid's Coding
Deepa Janakiramann, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems

Learn coding and programming concepts in a fun, interactive, exciting and engaging environment.  Kid’s Coding Camp will instill problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Coding is like learning a language and it is easy to learn a language when you are young.  This weeklong camp will be an introduction to programming, gaming, and animations.  This camp will give students an exposure to the following platforms:

  • Scratch to create animations
  • App Inventor to build mobile apps and
  • Microsoft Visual Studio to code C++ applications

At the end of the week, we will host a “Demo Day” for parents.  Students will get to take home all of their code and projects on a flash drive.

James Smith, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Columbia State
This summer camp provides an opportunity for middle school students to increase their knowledge of math through a series of fun, interactive workshops. These activities are designed to help students improve their academic performance, while offering a rewarding challenge. Throughout the week, we will focus on how math is used in everyday life, including visits from local speakers that will demonstrate how math is important in their field of work. Our goal is for students to have fun, learn fundamentals, and imagine their future in math!
Alan Fisher, Professor of Computer Information Technology at Columbia State

The first four days will be allocated to learning basic LEGO robot programming commands for movement, turning, sensing, decision-making and how to combine the commands into sequences for solving problems. For the fifth day, participants will design, build and program a robot for a competition. Parents are encouraged to attend the competition on the final day.

Alan Fisher, Professor of Computer Information Technology at Columbia State
Goals of the camp are learning concepts of programming, engineering practices, and teamwork. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education Kits, Raspberry Pi based robots and program development environments will be used for hands-on building and programming activities. Participants will build several robots and use LEGO Mindstorms and Python based programming environments.
Forensic Science - June 8-12
Larry Turner, Forensic Scientist
The topics covered in this Forensic Science camp include, but are not limited to:
  • Necessary steps it takes to become a Forensic Examiner
  • Discover the different methods of Forensic Science that real Forensic Scientists and crime scene detectives use such as Fingerprint Analysis (AFIS), Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Biology/DNA (CODIS), Blood Alcohol Determination, Controlled Substance (DRUG) Analysis, Firearms and Toolmark Examinations (NIBIN), and Question Document Analysis.
  • Students will get the opportunity to see how a real crime scene is worked.

If interested, contact Sidonna Foust at sfoust1@ColumbiaState.edu.