BU plans math and science summer camps

For immediate release: March 2, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Applications are now being accepted for four summer programs offered through Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Math and Science Resource Center.

According to Beth Mauch, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, middle- and high-school students who are interested in math and science may choose from the CSI Summer Experience, Math and Science Summer Experience or Math and Science Summer Experience for Young Women, all running from Monday to Thursday, July 13 to 16. Another camp, Exploring Emergence, will be held Mondays to Thursdays, July 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.

The CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Summer Experience is targeted for female students entering ninth through 11th grades. Each student will have an opportunity to explore science and math through classroom presentations, hands-on activities and math and science demonstrations. Typically, students study forensic chemistry, global positioning, computer forensics, encryption and carbon dating.

Students in sixth through eighth grades who attend the Math and Science Summer Experience may choose between the co-ed program or the course for girls only. Both will allow middle school students to develop their science and math abilities and interests. Students will spend 90 minutes each day in three different activities in computer programming, mathematical problem solving, engineering and planetary science.

In Exploring Emergence, students entering ninth grade will study artificial life, computer programming, computer forensics and computer engineering. They will rotate between three 90-minute activities.

The early application deadline is June 1. Early applicants are guaranteed a spot in the desired program and will be notified of acceptance by June 8. Applications received from June 1 through 30 will be accepted if space permits. Fees for one-week sessions are $200 before June 1 and $250 after June 1. The Exploring Emergence program fee is $400 for early applications and $450 for applications received after June 1.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Students who wish to apply for scholarships must fill out an application, obtain a letter of recommendation from a former or current math or science teacher and write a two-page letter describing how he or she would benefit from the summer experience and the need for a scholarship.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.