Prairie Research Institute
Science Camp 2013
Check back next March for details about the 2014 summer science camp. To read students’ and staff’s comments about the 2013 camp, please see http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/PRIcamp.html
The Science Camp was also featured in The News-Gazette: Camp gives students hands-on experience in variety of scientific fields
At the week-long day camp, students had the opportunity to learn about water science, environmental/biological sciences, geology, archaeology, and sustainable technology. The camp was open to Illinois high school juniors and seniors. Students worked with Institute scientists on a variety of hands-on activities both in the laboratory and at field sites.
|Location | Date||Activity|
July 15, 2013
|Detecting the Unknown: Analytical chemistry is the science of measurement and is often used to investigate environmental pollutants. Use light and mass to determine the identity and concentration of compounds in a variety of samples.|
|Creating Alternative Liquid Fuels: Reusing and recycling materials currently viewed as waste will ensure a more sustainable planet. Explore the conversion of waste plastics to fuels; take part in hands-on activities to evaluate the properties of waste vegetable oil and other feedstocks for fuel; and make your own biodiesel and try it in a go-cart!|
July 16, 2013
|What is soil?: Soil is one of our most valuable resources and there is a lot more to it than just "dirt". Examine the different types of soil, conduct core sampling, and identify soil layers. Discover the numerous organisms that live in soil and how different covers, such as plants, mulch, and rocks, help or hinder the preservation of this valuable resource.|
|What do field biologists do?: Field biologists study plants and animals and use them as environmental indicators of ecosystem health. Become a field biologist during this session and try the methods used to collect and study animals in the wild (e.g., birds and insects).|
July 17, 2013
|Where does your water come from?:Examine various water sources – rain, groundwater, and surface water – and learn about how they impact human health, local community activities, and the global environment. Go to a field site to take air and water quality measurements, study erosion processes and their effects on landscapes and streams, measure well depths/water levels, and collect samples for laboratory processing.|
|What’s in your water?: Water is a precious resource and knowing the quality of the water is critical for its multiple uses. Conduct laboratory experiments on a variety of water sources to determine important water quality parameters and identify possible contaminants.|
July 18, 2013
|Geology – from data gathering to real world applications: Geological data is vital when making decisions regarding water resources, energy resources, and mineral availability. View a drill rig and examine core samples used to gather geological data; experiment with cutting-edge technologies to visualize data; and apply this information to real world situations. In addition, explore U.S. energy needs and the availability of the resources to fulfill those needs.|
July 19, 2013
|What is Archaeology?: Learn the archaeological process from identification of archaeological sites to excavation, processing materials, analysis of artifacts, report production, and curation.|
|Foods of the Past: Throughout prehistory and history, people have gathered food resources from their environment in many ways. Investigate how subsistence strategies have changed over the past several thousand years in Illinois.|
The camp cost is $250 and includes all activities, afternoon snacks, and a camp T-shirt. The cost also includes the pizza party at the end of the day on July 19 during the concluding ceremony; parents/guardians are invited to attend this event. Students will need to bring a sack lunch each day. For more information, see Camp Rules and Things to Bring.
Payment for the camp should not be made until after receipt of acceptance letter in mid-May.
- Cash is not accepted
- Check – Mail a check with your acceptance packet materials
- Make checks payable to the University of Illinois
- Put "PRI Science Camp" and camper's name in the memo line
- Credit/Debit Card
- Pay Online
- Pay by phone – 217-244-2414 (between 8:30 am and noon): Talk to Tina Happ at the Prairie Research Institute Shop and tell her you would like to pay for the Institute Science Camp
If you should need to withdraw from the camp after submitting your payment and letter of commitment to attend, refunds will be made at 50% of the amount paid.
Please mail Acceptance Packet materials to:
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Institute Science Camp
ATTN: Elizabeth Luber
1 E. Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Application and Registration
The appication process is now closed.
Updated 11/14/2013 mj