COSEY Camps & Programs Engage Students Across OregonPosted May 25th, 2010 by staff
COSEY is a collaborative academic outreach center that serves the K-20 community in the recruitment and retention of students to science and engineering, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and is jointly supported by the College of Engineering (COE), College of Science (COS), and OSU Precollege Programs (PCP). COSEY supports a variety of summer programs on the OSU campus designed to engage students of all ages in science, technology, engineering and math. The academic pipeline begins for students in grades K-5 with the wildly popular Spirited Kids in Engineering and Science (SKIES), offered in conjunction with KidSpirit summer camps. Students explore all realms of science using hands-on activities, from discovering the properties of matter to engineering sea-worthy boats. At week-long Saturday Academy camps, middle school students exiting grades 5-8 delve in-depth studying Health Sciences, Lego Robotics, Marine Mammal Ecology and more. Summer opportunities for high school students include Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering for a full summer research experience at locations around Oregon as well the Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY), a residential program geared towards women and minorities. Information on these and other summer programs can be found at www.oregonstate.edu/precollege.
Thanks to generous funding by the Oregon Engineering Technology Industry Council (ETIC), COSEY is now able to offer similar hands-on science and engineering activities across the state! The COSEY Engineering Camp will travel to eight differnt Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H Camps and other partner locations from Coos Bay to Ontario this summer, providing exciting and educational programming to middle school students. The activities focus on engineering and design skills related to sustainability and “green” technology with units such as Build a Wind Generator, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car, Simple Circuits and Electromagnets, Make Bio-Diesel (appropriate for advanced chemistry classes), and Design a Green School Building. Furthermore, the activities and curriculum will be packaged together in kits that will be available to educators during the year as part of a lending library. Teachers will have the opportunity to test the kits and discuss applications in their curriculum while the camps are on-site during an evening dedicated to professional development.
“Working with students in an extra-curricular environment invites a fun atmosphere that encourages students to follow their curiosities to discovery. The COSEY camp program also recognizes the possibilities of bringing scientific resources to communities and educators across the state,” says COSEY Camp Coordinator, India Sloat. By partnering with summer programs across the state, Oregon State University and COSEY are able to deliver engaging and relevant science and engineering programming to students, teachers, and communities across Oregon.