CSU, Chico News

Gateway Science Museum Summer Camps Turn Students into Scientists

Date: 05-16-2016

Ashley Gebb

Public Affairs


Children and teens are invited to attend any of several fun and life-changing summer camp offerings at the Gateway Science Museum this summer. The museum will hold three sessions of Discovery Summer Camp, which provides youth the chance to connect with their inner scientists and experience some of what the University has to offer.

“We’ve had Discovery Camps since we opened in 2010, with a whole range of themes,” said Jessica Edmunson, science and educational activities coordinator for the museum. “Children always have a great time and learn so much.”

Each camp includes a tour of campus, a visit to University science laboratories, and a field trip to Butte Creek Ecological Preserve. The curriculum and outings are facilitated by four camp counselors with support from university faculty and staff.

“This is a summer camp for those who are interested in science but also those who are not interested in science yet—because we want to get them interested,” Edmunson said. “I hope their takeaway is that science has so many different areas. The natural world around them is super interesting and there for them to explore.”

The first offering is Jurassic Junior Scientist Camp, which runs June 20-24 for children in grades 4 through 6. The weeklong adventure will allow campers to explore fascinating themes such as paleontology, paleoecology and geology while exploring California’s history. They will dig up fossils, rocks and minerals, explore huge geologic events and discover earth’s changes through time. The cost to attend is $210.

From June 27 to July 1, children in grades 4 through 6 can attend Forensics Junior Detective Camp. Acting as super sleuths, they can solve case study mysteries using deductive reasoning and the scientific method. Participants will use DNA analysis, fingerprinting and chromatography to analyze evidence and draw conclusions. The cost is $210.

Older students in grades 7 through 9 are eligible for the Jurassic Senior Institute from July 11-14. Participants will take an in-depth look into paleontology, paleoecology and geology. They will discover the important role DNA plays in the study of ancient human, animal and plant remains while focusing on lab techniques, critical thinking and scientific reasoning. The cost is $225.

All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and registration fees include materials, snacks and lunch. Those interested are encouraged to register early, as registration is limited. Members and multiple registrants receive discounts.

For more information, visit www.csuchico.edu/gateway/explore/Summer Camp.shtml, or contact Jessica Edmunson at 898-5130.