skip page navigationOregon State University

« | »

COSEY Camps & Programs Inspire and Engage Students

Posted May 27th, 2011 by staff

With the help of a grant from the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council, Oregon State University’s Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) will provide summer camps infused with science & engineering curriculum. Local camps serving 5th -8th graders will include newly developed programming with a theme of sustainability, in an effort to prepare and inspire more students to enter exciting science and engineering fields. Students and families interested in benefiting from these exciting camps can contact India Sloat, COSEY Coordinator, at india.sloat@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-5231.

COSEY has developed a library of project-based activity kits with a sustainability theme (solar cell cars, wind power, oil spill clean-up, electricity generation and more) that will be used to engage 5th-8th grade students in multi-day summer camps to be held in communities throughout Oregon this summer. The outreach program is partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H programs, Oregon GEAR UP programs, and other extracurricular and summer camp organizations to expand opportunities in science and engineering education to diverse students across the state, focusing on programs with a track record for serving rural and underserved students.

Through this partnership, trained college student instructors are delivering summer camps over the course of two summers, and will reach approximately 700 students. The activity kits are rich with possibilities, including a mock oil spill activity in which students test substances that can remove oil from water, a homemade solar panel lesson in which student use titanium dioxide and berry juice to generate an electrical current, a computer design lesson in which students use innovative software to create a “green” dream home, and much more. The activity kits developed in this project will also 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 youth outreach organizations at OSU, Boys and Girls Clubs in Corvallis and Salem, and 4-H International Summer Camps. The OSU organizations are: the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) within the Office of Precollege Programs, the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory and Saturday Academy. A camp schedule is below and more information about COSEY can be found on the OSU Precollege Programs website:

• Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis- June 21-23
• OSU Engineering Camp- June 28-30
• Sweet Home Junior High – July 5-8
• La Pine Middle School- July 12-14
• Boys and Girls Club of Salem Wipper Teen Center – July 19-21
• North Marion Middle School – Aug 2-4
• 4-H Latino Summer Camp, Salem – Aug 9-11
• Coffenberry Middle School, South Umpqua – Aug 16th-18th

The Oregon University System (OUS) and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC) awarded OSU’s COSEY a $99,619 grant in 2009 for the two-year program, as part of their “Bright Future” grants aimed to increase pre-college engineering initiatives and programs for K-12 students. These grants are one component of ETIC’s goal to increase engineering and computer science graduates in order to meet state and industry needs for a highly-skilled, globally competitive workforce in Oregon.

Bruce Schafer, executive director of ETIC says, “We are very excited to support expanded hands-on activities for students in pre-engineering across the state this summer. Oregon’s industries need future innovators in science and engineering.  Exposing talented young people to the real-world applications in science can open their eyes to the fun, relevance, and many opportunities in science careers.”

7 Responses to “COSEY Camps & Programs Inspire and Engage Students”

  1. eh1 Says:

    These facts are amazing. I was searching before last 5 weeks and i dint get the perfect answer. But after all i found from your site.thanks for posting such a interesting topic.

  2. tas Says:

    Very informative post and well written. Hope to read more about this in the future keep it up!

  3. buy legal drugs Says:

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. Carroll B. Merriman Says:

    My spouse and i were absolutely fortunate that Edward managed to finish up his investigation from your precious recommendations he acquired from your own site. It is now and again perplexing just to choose to be handing out strategies which usually a number of people might have been making money from. And we fully understand we have got you to be grateful to for that. The type of illustrations you made, the straightforward website navigation, the relationships you can assist to instill – it’s got most astounding, and it’s aiding our son and us feel that that matter is exciting, which is really important. Thank you for the whole thing!

  5. Janel Haubrick Says:

    I wanted to write you the very little remark in order to say thanks a lot as before for those spectacular concepts you have featured on this site. It was quite shockingly generous with people like you to convey unreservedly what exactly some people could possibly have offered for an e book to earn some dough for their own end, certainly considering that you could possibly have done it if you wanted. The tactics also served as the fantastic way to be sure that the rest have similar eagerness the same as my personal own to figure out good deal more in regard to this matter. I am sure there are millions of more pleasant occasions ahead for individuals who check out your blog post.

  6. computech sys Says:

    Good site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day! “You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” by Eric Hoffer.

  7. Xuan Gammell Says:

    A powerful share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat evaluation on this. And he in reality bought me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If attainable, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with extra particulars? It’s highly helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog submit!

Leave a Reply