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$100,000 Grant Awarded for COSEY Camps

Posted December 11th, 2009 by admin

The Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) has been awarded a grant for $99,619 for two years by the OUS Engineering and Technology Industrial Council (ETIC) to develop science and engineering project-based activity kits and a travelling summer camp program. The proposal asserts that out of school programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H programs, are ideal venues for engaging rural and underserved students in science and engineering activities. COSEY is developing a library of project-based activity kits with a sustainability theme (biodiesel reactor, fuel and solar cell cars, wind power, etc.) that will be used to engage 4th-8th grade students in multi-day summer camps to be held in communities throughout Oregon. Trained college student instructors will deliver sixteen summer camps over the course of two summers, reaching over 700 students in locations ranging from Ontario to Coos Bay. The activity kits developed in this project will serve as valuable long-term resources for out-of-school programs and educators who can borrow them through the COSEY lending library.

This project is a collaborative effort between four proven youth outreach organizations at OSU, thirteen B&GCs and three 4-H Latino Summer Camps in rural Oregon. The collaborating OSU organizations are: the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY), the Office of Precollege Programs, the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory and Saturday Academy. The collaborating B&GCs are located in Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon/Sweet Home, Coos Bay and Salem. The 4-H programs are located in Salem, Ontario, and Medford. All partners are excited to move forward on the program and impact these students!

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