Saturday, January 22, 2011

Win a FREE Summer Camp from Museum of Life and Science in Durham

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham has announced its 2011 summer camp schedule, and it has several great options for middle school students.  Even better, the Museum is running a giveway where  one family will win a week-long camp at the Museum, and another will win a week-long camp at the Museum's new Chapel Hill camp location at Rashkis Elemetary School (which isn't running middle school programs, but may still be good if you have younger children as well).

To enter for the free camp, you need to submit your name on a form on the website that you can find here.  Complete your form by April 30, 2011 in order to be eligible.  If you have already enrolled in the camp (JUST in case you didn't win), they will reimburse your tuition.

Or you can sign up the old-fashioned way--by paying.  They begin accepting camp registrations from Museum members on February 1, and from the general public on February 22.

Here are the descriptions of the middle school camps:

Animal Husbandry

Thinking of becoming a veterinarian, or just like working with animals?  Join us for an abbreviated version of Vet School and learn about animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition and behavior.  Find out how the Museum designs habitats, prepares meals and otherwise cares for our animals, and meet some of them up-close!
Grades 6–8
June 13, July 25, Aug. 15 

LEGO® Robotics

Spend a week using LEGO® building elements, motors, and sensors to build robots and program them to complete a challenge. Go head to head with other groups to see what your robot can really do!
Grades 6–8
June 27
July 11
August 8

Congo Conservation

Do you know what Bongos and Bonobos are?  Learn about many of the unique plants, animals and people that live in the Congo.   We’ll explore some of the threats facing the Congo today as well as the efforts to conserve it. 
Grades 6–8
June 20
July 4

Wayfinding and Geocaching

Using the outdoor classroom at the Museum as base camp, we’ll use longitudinal and latitudinal directions to figure out where we are and where we are going. We’ll even create a “cache” or treasure box at the Museum for visitors to find while geocaching!
Grades 6–8
July 18, August 1

I've never done any of their camps, but their general education programs are excellent, so I'm sure these are fun and valuable learning opportunities.

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