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Summer Science Splash Camp" Begins in 2014
Article By: by Austin College
Posted: 7/24/2014 Views: 2389  Impressions: 24901
Categories: Education, Entertainment: Events

Middle school students who love science or want to learn more are invited to the newly instituted "Summer Science Splash Camp" at Austin College during summer 2014. No particular advance science knowledge is required; students should come motivated to learn and have fun in the process. The week-long residential summer camp includes research and science exploration led by certified science teachers during the day and plenty of fun activities outside the lab in the late afternoon and evening, supervised by camp counselors who are well-trained Austin College students.
The Summer Science Splash Camp is now accepting registrations. The camp is sponsored by the II-VI Foundation and hosted by and conducted on the Austin College campus.
Austin College sessions for summer 2014 will be offered July 13 - 18 and July 20 - 25. Because of the generous support of the II-VI Foundation, registration for the camp, including programming and room and board, is offered at the reduced cost of only $300 per student ($1,130 value). Registration includes all activities and a camp t-shirt. Each session is designed for only 60 participants (waiting lists will be maintained).
Learning teams of 12 students and one teacher will work in labs and classrooms with curriculum prepared in conjunction with Austin College faculty. Campers will be engaged in team competitions in daily experiments and in their evening activities.
All meals will be provided in the Austin College dining hall, offering healthy and tasty food choices. Campers with any dietary needs should report that to the camp director upon registration. Students will live with camp counselors in Austin College air-conditioned residence halls.
Participants should bring their own linens and all personal toiletries as well as clothing for recreation (including swimming) and appropriate lab attire, which includes closed-toe shoes, long pants, and non-baggy clothing.
Summer Splash Programs at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and Eckerd College in Florida, both sponsored by the II-VI Foundation, have received high praise from participants.
The II-VI Foundation is headquartered in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and operates with the mission to "encourage and enable students to pursue a career in engineering, science, and mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit." The foundation aims to fulfill its mission through early education initiatives, undergraduate scholarships, the Undergraduate Research Program, and a Block-Gift Program for graduate student support. The foundation supports research at Austin College in addition to the new summer program.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives

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