WEBS Summer Camp
The Wilkes University science, math and computer science departments are pleased to offer an exciting and innovative Science Summer Camp for young women.
The WEBS Summer Camp will give campers the opportunity to investigate many areas of science through hands-on laboratories and activities. 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.
Each day, the WEBS campers will have hands-on experiences in two, three or four different laboratories, including labs in biology, chemistry, environmental engineering, pharmacy, physics and robotics. This is an exciting way for young women to “sample” the many different areas of science through investigative experiences and projects. Representatives from local wildlife agencies and other scientific organizations will present live programs during the week. In addition, WEBS participants will become familiar with life on a college campus and have the opportunity to talk with and learn from Wilkes faculty, staff and students as well as professional women from the local area engaged in careers associated with various fields of science.
What we do at WEBS Summer Camp
- Animal Trapping and Tracking
- Bird Catching
- Bone Hunt
- Chemical Analysis of Food
- Cleaning Up an Oil Spill
- Discover Your 5 Senses
- DNA Extraction and Analysis
- Have Fun with Weather
- Lego Robots
- Neurofeedback Training
- Phun with Physiology and Anatomy
- Physics of Dance
- Potions Class 101
- Rainbow Density
- Solar Cooking
- What's in the Water?
- Why do I have my mother's eyes? (or A Little Bit About How Genes Work)
- "You be the Doctor": Introduction to Problem-Based Learning
- You be the Nurse
- You be the Pharmacist
The Women Empowered by Science (WEBS) Summer Camp gives young women the opportunity to sample many areas of the sciences through investigative laboratories and projects.
For this year only, WEBS 1.0 will be open to (1) first year campers (rising 7th graders) and (2) campers who attended their first year of camp in 2019 (rising 9th graders)
This program is designed for young women who have a sincere interest in the sciences, have potential for a career in the sciences, and wish to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to reach their full potential in this field.
The WEBS 3.0 program was created at the request of campers who aged out of our WEBS 1.0 programs but who still wanted to participate in the WEBS experience.
Although many WEBS 3.0 campers have attended WEBS 1.0, no prior WEBS experience is neccessary to attend the 3.0 camp.
The goal of WEBS 3.0 is to expose young women to areas of science and the arts they likely have not experienced. The 3.0 program encourages a love of learning, broadens horizons, introduces new areas of interest and increases critical thinking skills in an environment that fosters independence and challenges one's self through age appropriate learning and team building activities.
As a WEBS 3.0 participant you will spend much of your time in state-of-the-art science and engineering labs working with world-class professors and scientists. Throughout the week there will be opportunities to attend off-site fieldtrips and to serve as mentors to younger WEBS campers. Although we have had to make some minor changes to the activities we offer due to Covid-19 safety protocols, we are confident this year's lab line-up will not disappoint. Below are just a few of the labs we will be offering in 2021:
- Computer coding using R | Play computer games while learning how scientists use statistics and code to analyze data.
- Entomology Academy | Spend time collecting, identifying, and preserving local insects (your specimens will become a permanent part of the Wilkes entomological collection!).
- Animal Behavior Studies | Discover interesting animal behaviors (from insects to fish to birds to mammals) and learn how and why scientists study them.
- Housing and Managing Live Animal Collections | Offsite trip to a zoo.
- Chemistry and Art | Using the science of chemical reactions to create art.
- You Be The Professor | 3.0 campers will develop and present a 5-senses lab to the WEBS 1.0 campers.
- What's Growing on Me? | An activity in bacterial growth and disease transmission.
- You Be the Vet | Examine live animals and determine their illnesses based on a series of symptom scenarios.
- Fish dissection Lab (optional) | Provides a step-by-step instructional dissection that examines the anatomy of fresh water fishes.
- Rocket Women | Learn, build and launch your own model rocket while learning about the physics of flight and space travel.
- Vernier Lab | Use computer science to monitor your vital signs and track your metabolic activity.
- Geology Rocks | A study in soil types and chemistry.
- Neuroscience Matters | Assess your brain waves and activity and learn ways to reduce stress.
Past WEBS Camps
2021 Camp Details
WEBS 2021 will run for five days, from Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. .
Space is limited. Acceptance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tuition for WEBS 3.0 (10th, 11th and 12th-grade students) is $50 for the full five-day camp.
A limited number of scholarships based on financial need are available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Debra Chapman, WEBS Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's Included with Tuition
- Lots of FUN hands-on labs.
- Programs with representatives from local wildlife agencies and other scientific organizations.
- WEBS facemask, T-shirt, drawstring bag, lab safety equipment and supplies, 3-4 daily snacks, closing day celebration, educational activities and take home items.
Make checks payable to "Wilkes University WEBS Program."
Please register as early as possible. Checks are due by July 1, 2021.
Mail checks to:
Ms. Genny Singer
Wilkes University WEBS
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18766
Notice on Safety and Capacity
WEBS camp 2021 will follow all of Wilkes University's health and safety guidelines and is subject to change if needed for health and safety concerns. Please visit the Office of Risk and Compliance Management page for more details.
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