Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

NESSP Camps: Mission Earth Scout One

Have fun with science and explore the limitless possibilities that your mind can create!

Few fields show as much promise for future careers as science, technology, engineering, and math— what are known as the STEM fields. This year the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) is offering a four-week STEM summer camp to inspire bilingual youth (English & Spanish) through hands-on activities.

Participants will have fun learning about climate change while gaining valuable STEM skills such as problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. The camps will also give the students an opportunity to innovate, work with actual scientists in a variety of fields, and learn how they can make a change in the world.

During the camp, students will explore STEM careers through experiments, field trips, and visits to area museums and laboratories on the University of Washington campus. Students will interact with scientists while completing guided experiments and activities. These experiences will help students develop high-level research skills and subject matter expertise, and allow them to earn credentials valuable for college admission.

Program Dates and Location:

Eligibility for Students: Participants must be entering either grade 9 or 10 in Fall 2016, and preferably bilingual (English & Spanish). To apply, the camper or parent should download, print out and complete the NESSP STEM Summer Camp student application form. All applications must be signed by the camper’s parent or guardian.

Opportunities for Educators: NESSP is seeking certified educators to serve as camp mentors. Participating teachers will receive clock hours for each week. To apply, please download and complete the NESSP STEM Summer Camp teacher application.

Teachers who are accepted into the program will also be required to complete and return a NASA Media Release for their appearance in any program photos or video.

Deadline and Mailing Instructions: Both student and teacher applications are due no later than June 3, 2016. Applications should be returned via mail to:
Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline
Attn: Earth Scout Camp
University of Washington
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195-1310

Summer Session Preferences:

We will attempt to place students in as many sessions as possible. Anytime we receive more requests for a session than we have slots available, we will use the preferences selected below to place students in the sessions that best align with their interests. Please indicate your preferences, with highest preference = 1, and lowest preference = 4 (please rank only the weeks that you are available; leave any others blank).

____ August 1-5, 2016 Participants will be introduced to the UW Farm to start exploring the connections between climate, food production and science. Students will be able to look into what is climate change and how growing fruits and vegetables can help to deal with it. This week there will be an ALL DAY field trip to Whidbey Island.

____ August 8-12, 2016 Participants will have the chance to work with scientists who study soils and water to understand how they are connected to climate change. They will use scientific equipment to discover the connections between carbon soils, trees and the ocean. To compliment these experiences in the field, participant will have the chance to visit the Arboretum (4 hours) and to visit the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (4 hours).

____ August 15-19, 2016 Participants will estimate their carbon footprint and will explore how scientists know climate change is happening. Students will have a chance to work with current technology to understand their connection to the phenomenon known as climate change. This week there will be a visit to the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences (4 hours) and a visit to the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (4 hours).

____ August 22-26, 2016 Participants will explore how technology makes science available to all citizens. Much of what we know about agriculture, soil conditions and climate is obtained from spacecraft orbiting the Earth. This week students will learn about doing Earth science from space. There will be a visit to a “rocket lab” and students will have the chance to build their own rocket and launch them. There will also be a visit to the Burke Museum (2 hours), complimented by additional STEM activities on campus.

The NESSP STEM Summer Camp is a collaboration of Northwest Earth & Space Sciences Pipeline, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, University of Washington, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.