FAYETTE, Iowa (April 8, 2014) – Registration is now open for the summer STEM camp for high school freshmen and sophomores to be held June 9-13 on the Fayette campus. The camp, sponsored by the UIU School of Science and Mathematics, features eight project areas and provides high school underclassmen with the opportunity to explore the areas of science, technology and math in a college setting.
"We're very excited to be able to hold this camp at Upper Iowa," said Dr. Bill Jones, assistant professor of biology. "Not only with they get a taste of what college life is like, but they'll be working directly with college professors who teach and have careers in science. Our aim with this camp is to provide an opportunity for these young high school students to sample various applications of biology, chemistry, astronomy and computer science."
Project areas include:
- Microbiology/molecular biology – Measure the bacteria content of soil and learn how to isolate DNA.
- Ecological lab – Improve observational skills by getting outdoors and viewing organisms in their environment.
- Cyber camp – Learn how computer programming and robots come together to develop fun and useful solutions to problems.
- Astronomy – Get hands-on experience with different kinds of telescopes while learning about optics and the night sky.
- Protein chemistry – Explore the types and amounts of protein found in foods.
- Water quality – Learn how to identify organisms living on the bottom of streams and how to use these organisms to determine water quality.
- Fish parasites – Learn how to collect, stain and identify parasites that infect fish.
- Aging fish – Learn to determine the age of fish using otoliths, small bones of the inner ear.
Participants can live on campus for the five-day camp for $260 or commute to the camp from home for $180. To register by April 25, please contact Dr. Jones, assistant professor of biology, at 563-425-5903 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are also available at high school guidance offices. Space is limited.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 6,200 students – nationally and internationally – at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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