Middle School Girls Become Scientists At Wilkes University’s Women Empowered by Science Camp July 24-30

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Wilkes University’s Women Empowered by Science (WEBS) Summer Camp allows local girls to experience the exciting world of science through captivating hands-on labs with exploration into the world of animals, food, genetics, medicine and the building – and programming – of their own LEGO robots. The camp takes place on July 24-30.

Encouraging girls’ interested in studying science and pursuing science careers, students will participate in different laboratories each day, allowing them to sample many areas of science through investigative experiences and projects.

Labs include:

  • Robotics where students will learn the basics about robots, programming them to preform tasks;
  • A bone hunt where the campers will attend a demonstration involving anatomy and physiology of live organisms;
  • Animal behavior labs using worms in behavior chambers as well as small mammal traps to track transmitters;
  • Case studies on medical conditions where students will receive a list of symptoms and gather information to find a diagnosis; and
  • DNA extraction and analysis using bacteria from the large intestine.

Girls entering seventh or eighth grade from 21 area middle schools are invited to attend. Schools represented include: St. Jude School, Crestwood, Wilkes-Barre Academy, Wyoming Valley West, Wyoming Seminary, Dallas, Hanover Area, Bear Creek, Lake Lehman, St. Nicholas and St. Mary’s, MMI, Susquehanna Prep, Rice Elementary, Daniel J. Flood, Solomon-Plains, Kistler, Heights/Murray, Pittston Area, Meyers, G.A.R., and the dePaul School.

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