Summer Enrichment Program
Be a Buckeye for a Week!
Who: Rising 6th-8th grade boys & girls
What: The enrichment program is led by Ohio State Newark faculty and students. The program provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of academic disciplines while performing laboratory experiments, small group activities or assignments in the campus's state-of-the-art facilities with Ohio State Newark's world-renowned professors. Students will gain exposure to subject matter that will allow for the development of ideas, opinions, critical thinking skills, knowledge and understanding as they prepare for middle school, high school and their college experience.
Where: The Ohio State University at Newark campus, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
When: June 11-15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please arrive five minutes early. Friday will be a short day with camp ending with a closing ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Parents or guardians are invited to join us for this ceremony where each student will be recognized with a certificate of completion.
Why enroll? The summer enrichment program is tailored for students who want to explore a variety of academic areas in a fun and relaxed environment while learning more about what college will be like. Including this program on a future college application is sure to impress the admissions committee!
Cost: $250 per student due at time of registration (some need-based scholarships available).
A typical day at the Ohio State Newark’s summer enrichment program includes:
9:00 a.m. – Arrival, Check-in & Roll Call
Founders Hall, 1179 University Drive, Newark campus
Academic Session 1
Academic Session 2
Recreation, Art Activity
3:00 p.m. – Departure
Available sessions include these and many others:
“Why do we need a Government?” - Nathaniel Swigger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science
This session will explore the foundation of government and society. Basic game theory will be used to discuss how government enables human cooperation, and look at some of the basic tools of government.
"Write Like Sherlock" – Associate Dean Virginia Cope, Ph.D.
Just as Sherlock Holmes proves a case by following clues and finding evidence, writers like J.K. Rowling keep us reading by including details that help us believe in that fictional world. Similarly, we trust gossip if the tale includes details that convince us the event really happened. In this class, learn to recognize the evidence needed to write well.
"America: A Melting Pot, Salad Bowl or Something Else?" – Dr. Michael Mangus, Senior History Lecturer
In this session, campers will debate exactly what it means to be an American and learn how this concept has evolved from approximately 1607 to modern day. In small groups, participants will be asked to identify the core values that Americans hold, and then, they will defend their respective group's perspective to the other campers, helping all to see that history is debatable and that different people can hold equally valid but different views.
"The Scientific Study of Religion" – William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., Executive Dean of the Regional Campuses, Dean/Director of The Ohio State University at Newark
Students will hear a brief lecture about anthropological, biological, psychological, and sociological explanations of religion. The explanations will focus on supernatural beliefs. Following the brief lecture, students will test hypotheses by analyzing data from a national survey, and will participate in or observe an experiment illustrating the ideomotor reflex.
"American Indians - Myths vs. Realities. Can you tell the difference?" – Professor of History Lucy Murphy, Ph.D.
Learn about past and present experiences of Native Americans and analyze images in an interactive activity. Learn to tell the difference between fact and fiction and why it matters.
"Bee-yond Honey Bees - the other 19,999 Species of Bees – Karen Goodell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
This session will introduce students to the diversity of bees (most only know about honey bees), the contributions bees make to our environment and food production, and threats to bees. Lecture topics will focus on pollination, habitat requirements of bees, and methods to study plant-pollinator interactions. Students will engage in activities to model the contributions of different bee species to pollination, and the influence of habitat restoration on bees. They will have the opportunity to see bees up close through a microscope, as well as use microscopes to view the pollination process. We will end with a discussion of how ecologists collect data on and analyze whole bee communities in the context of conservation.
"A Book of Your Own" – Ann Burkhart, Ph.D., Lecturer, Art Education
Explore and make a unique form of expression – an artists’ book. Investigate and discuss select artists’ books and their meanings, and then make one of your own, focusing on dovetailing the book form with words and/or images to convey a cohesive idea.
“Guess Who Lives Next Door! The Wildlife of Coshocton County” – Shauna Weyruach, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology
Explore the wildlife of Coshocton County by reviewing a collection of trail camera images from “Project Wild Coshocton” (a long-term camera-trapping study of bobcats and other wildlife in Coshocton and southern Holmes Counties, being conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University at Newark). You will build a species richness list of mammals, and then explore their activity patterns.
Recreation/Art Activity: Make a Buckeye Necklace – Justin Khol, Assistant Director, Student Life
Discussion: “So you want to go to College?” – Wes Grunden, Assistant Director of Admissions
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my son or daughter enroll? The summer enrichment program is tailored for students who want to explore a variety of academic areas in a fun and relaxed environment while learning more about what college will be like. Including this program on a future college application is sure to impress the admissions committee!
What time does my student need to arrive?
The summer enrichment program will begin daily at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time. Friday will be a short day with camp ending with a closing ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Parents or guardians and invited to join us for this ceremony where each student will be recognized with a certificate of completion.
What should my student wear?
Students should dress comfortably and always wear tennis shoes for safety in laboratory experiences and comfort in recreation activities. Shorts and T-shirts are welcomed.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch will be provided by Ohio State Newark’s dining services. Please alert the camp director of food allergies at time of registration.
Is there someone I can call with questions?
The camp director is Diane Kanney, Director of Enrollment. All questions regarding the camp should be directed to her at 740.366.9333 or Kanney.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsor!
We are grateful for the Licking County Foundation’s generous support of the 2018 Summer Enrichment Camp.