CSI Camp: The Microbial Menace (Full; registration closed)

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Who Can Attend?

Students entering grades 4-8.

When is it?

June 15-19, 2015

  • M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

What's covered?

In the United States, it has been estimated that there are millions of illnesses, thousands of hospitalizations, and approximately five thousand deaths each year attributed to eating contaminated foods. Given the global nature and complexity of the food system, identifying the cause of a food-borne illness outbreak is much like finding a ‘needle in a haystack’ and requires the CSI detective-like skills of trained food microbiologist to uncover. In the weeklong search for the Microbial Menace, food microbiologists-in-training will be introduced to the food system.  They will learn what steps go into harvesting some of our food from plants and animals and what it takes to make our foods safe and wholesome. When things go awry--and they can—food microbiologists-in-training will learn the skills needed to determine the source and cause of the contamination including laboratory methods in microbial forensics that are required to identify, track down, and eliminate the offending organism(s).

CSI Campers DNA Isolation

We need your junior forensic scientist to help unravel this tangled mystery! Your child will become a member of an investigative team that will discover and develop the vital evidence by studying it in the laboratory. The team will conduct a number of experiments on the evidence they find at the crime scene. They will relentlessly pursue any criminal activity they uncover during their investigation and bring the guilty parties to justice.

As a forensic scientist in training, your child will conduct hands-on experiments and meet with Penn State experts. S/he will gain new skills and knowledge and make new friends.

Campers are grouped according to age.

Lunch and Snacks

  • Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut free snacks that they brought from home.
  • Campers will walk to Pollock Dining Commons each day for lunch.

Camp fees and registration

Register online before midnight March 31, 2015

  • $350 (day option)

Register online after 12 am April 1, 2015

  • $380 (day option)

CSI Campers

Day option:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please drop your child off from between 8:45 and 9:00 am. Camp ends promptly at 4:00 pm. Please arrange to pick him/her up by 4:00 pm unless you opt for extended care (drop off from 7:45 am; pick up by 5:15 pm).

Extended Care - based on enrollment

  • Add $50 per child per week (both morning and afternoon), $30 per child per week (morning care only), or $30.00 per week (afternoon only care) for each child registered
  • Optional drop-off starting at 7:45 am, Tuesday - Friday.
  • Optional pick up by 5:15 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • Note: Extended care is not offered on Friday afternoon. Each camper must be picked up by 4:00 pm after the closing ceremony on Friday.