Youth Exploring Science (YES!) Camp

Location Mason City, IA
Event Date(s) Jun 28, 2017 to Jun 30, 2017
Event Status This is a completed event. Please check back later for upcoming event dates and to register online.
Grades 8th to 10th
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Event Description


Youth Exploring Science (YES!) Camp at NIACC

Join us for a science summer camp at NIAC where students entering 8th, 9th, 10th grades will explore a variety of science disciplines and career fields through hands-on activities. Campers will stay in the dorms at NIACC and work closely with faculty and college students to get a feel for the college experience. Scheduled day sessions include experiments and activities in Forensics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Robotics, and Coding. Campers will attend a career panel to learn more about careers in STEM disciplines. Extra-curricular and evening activities will include competitions, games, and science-based art projects. We will have a screening of the documentary Underwater Dreams and campers are invited back to campus in November to hear author Joshua Davis speak about his book, Spare Parts (the story of a determined robotics team). Campers will leave camp with an improved understanding of STEM disciplines and career options, exposure to the college experience, and many fun memories! 

Youth Exploring Science (YES!) Camp

Biotechnology: Learn how the tools of biotechnology and genetic engineering are used. Campers will transform genes into bacteria and learn how DNA technologies are used in food forensics.

Forensic Science & Chemistry: Learn how to collect and analyze crime scene evidence. Techniques will include chromatography, science of blood detection, and hair analyses. Campers will practice their techniques by analyzing a mock crime scene.

Chemistry & Art: Campers will study the chemistry of pigments and how pigment analysis is used to detect art forgery.

Game Coding: Learn programming by creating a video game!

Robotics: Explore the world of robotics. Campers will experience the programming and engineering that are used in designing and building robots. During the two sessions campers will continue to develop their expertise by participating in challenges.

Non-discrimination Statement

It is the policy of North Iowa Area Community College to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy) , disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, creed, religion, actual or potential parental, family and marital status or veteran’s status in its programs, activities or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C.§§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).
Individuals having questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy should contact Shelly Schmit, EEO/AA Officer, 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA  50401 or via telephone at 641-422-4211. Inquires may also be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576.
YES! Camp
JUNE 28th - 30th
Cost: $175, Includes Room & Board
Registration Begins: February 1st
Registration Deadline: June 19th
**If referring a friend to camp, please contact Curtis Vais at the following email to receive 15% off.