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Electronics camp, nuclear camp for girls to be hosted by ISU

Posted May 23, 2008

Energy, Energy, Energy! In today’s society it is vital to be energy wise. Students can have fun exploring what energy is and how energy and electronics technology affects our world through a series of summer camps being offered by the Energy Systems Technology Education Center and Electronics department at Idaho State University. Scholarships are available for all camp opportunities.

In conjunction with the Idaho National Laboratory, Partners for Prosperity and Idaho Women in Nuclear, the first girls-only summer energy camp, will be offered June 16-19 at Idaho State University Idaho Falls. The introductory camp is for girls who have had no prior experience in electronics. They will learn how electrical energy is created and managed, discover how energy production affects our environment, experiment with radio electronics, build various electronics kits, and participate in field trips to a power plant and other facilities. Cost is $75 and the hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The electronics camp is for students entering grades sixth through 12. Participants can begin their exploration of electronics and energy in one of the four different camp options being offered. Students who will be sixth, seventh and eighth grade are invited to participate in a two-day camp where they can see demonstrations of lasers, digital television and computer systems. They will construct their own electrical circuits and receive an understanding of how electronics affects our lives. The camp runs June 30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.Cost is $50 which includes all materials and lunch.

For those students who will be entering the ninth, 10th , 11th and 12th grades, camps are offered at two levels; an introductory camp and advanced camp. The introductory camp is for students who have had no prior experience in electronics. The camp will run June 23-26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and is $75. Students will experiment with radio electronics, discover the magic of the electromagnetic spectrum, build and race a solar powered model car, experiment with laser optics, visit various electronic and engineering manufacturing facilities, explore how electronics is used in medical science, and visit television studios and transmission facilities.

The advanced camp offers two weeks of electronics fun for students who have attended previous camps or have prior electronics training. Advanced campers will build more complex projects and conduct more in-depth investigations of electronics technology. This camp runs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day, June 23-July 3. Cost for the advanced camp is $150.

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For more information about summer camp opportunities or to register please contact the Electronics department at (208) 282-3400 or on the Web at electronics.isu.edu. Summer camp applications are due by June 8.