WVSU 4-H camps focus on space exploration, music arts and more

Contact: Kelli Batch
May 28, 2013
WVSU 4-H camps focus on space exploration, music arts and more
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Summer at West Virginia State University (WVSU) will bring local youth a variety of exciting 4-H camps focusing on everything from space exploration to hip-hop. Four day camps for elementary to high school age youth are currently accepting applications.
                  The NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) is two free day camps June 3-7 and 10-14 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. Participants will conduct science experiments using wind tunnels, gravity simulators and a professional-grade flight simulator at the WVSU Aerospace Education Lab on campus.
“We’re using cutting-edge technology developed by NASA to do cool, hands-on experiments and spark youths’ interest in science careers,” said Dr. Ami Smith, director of WVSU’s Center for the Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
Fast Track is a free day camp at the Shawnee Park Clubhouse in Dunbar for middle school students focusing on nutritious food choices, healthy meal prep and maintaining an active lifestyle. Sessions will be held June 17-21 and July 8-12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Our goal is to help kids stay on the ‘fast track’ to a healthy lifestyle,” said Mike Ferrell, 4-H extension agent. “This camp shows kids how they can be involved in the creation of healthy meals and physical activities in the home, encouraging the entire family to live a better life.”
Students learn valuable lessons in meal planning and consumer literacy while engaging in physical activities, such as swimming at the park’s pool.
                  The Summer Transportation Institute (STI) exposes youth to careers in the transportation industry. This free day camp targets incoming sixth-ninth graders with field trips, hands-on projects and guest speakers on topics such as air, land and water transportation. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA and be eligible to take pre-algebra in the fall. STI will be held June 17-29 on campus.
The annual 4-H Hip-Hop Camp will be held July 22-26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center on Charleston’s east end. Students choose between performance, production, dance or arts and work with local experts to create their own artistic expressions. The program is open to incoming sixth through twelfth graders and costs $20. Scholarships and reduced rates are available if criteria are met.
                  Application materials and additional information about the NASA SEMAA camp can be found at http://wvstateu.edu/NASA. Information about the other camps can be found at http://wvstateu.edu/4H.
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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