Wilkes University


Wilkes University’s Women Empowered by Science Summer Camp Comes to Campus

Women entering seventh or eighth grade from area middle schools will experience the exciting world of science this summer at Wilkes University’s Women Empowered by Science Summer Camp from July 22-28. The camp encourages girls to take interest in studying science and pursuing science careers.

Seventy-six girls from 16 area middle schools will get the opportunity to investigate many areas of science through captivating hands-on laboratories with exploration into the world of animals, food, genetics, medicine and the building – and programming – of their own LEGO robots.

Schools represented include: Bear Creek Community Charter, Crestwood, Dallas, Dunmore, Greater Nanticoke, Hanover, Kistler, Mattei Middle School, Pittston Area, St. Jude, St. Nick/St. Mary, Solomon Plains, Wilkes-Barre Academy, Wyoming Area Catholic, Wyoming Seminary, Wyoming Valley West.

The labs include:

  • “Hands Only CPR” where campers will learn CPR skills to the beat of music and your nursing labs while participating in demonstrations associated with medical care.
  • “Brain Cake and Icing” where participants learn about the four lobes of the brain and what each lobe controls by icing a “brain cake.”
  • “Bird Catching” where they will be introduced to Pennsylvania birds at Kirby Park where they will learn to handle them safely and take basic measurements. They will also learn how birds influence forests and human life.
  • “Robots” is a lab where the returning campers will program their LEGO robots to perform tasks in tabletop environments simulating Mars or the ocean, while new campers will program autonomous robots to complete basic missions in the lab. Campers also get to be inventors in the “Imagination and Invention” lab where they will get hands-on experience in building something from scratch.
  • ‘You Be the Doctor” where campers will work in groups on a case study involving the diagnosis of a medical condition based on symptoms. They will research the symptoms, gather pertinent medical information and make a concluding diagnosis to the rest of the campers.

WEBS camp participants will address scientific questions, acquire essential laboratory skills, and develop important critical-thinking skills by working directly with Wilkes University faculty, staff and students on a variety of scientific projects.