West Hills Coalinga taking student applications for Science Camp

West Hills College Coalinga is now accepting applications for its second annual Chevron Fun Physical Science Camp. The free camp, geared toward elementary school students, will focus on hands-on physical science with the goal of encouraging the students to explore STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The first session of camp begins July 6 and seats are limited so parents are urged to sign students up now.

“The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that nine million more STEM jobs will be created over the next decade,” said Frances Squire, Executive Director of the WHCC Foundation. “As these children enter the workforce those jobs will be waiting.  We’re hoping that the introduction to science they receive in this camp, and in the robotics competition that we offer during the school year that is also sponsored in part by Chevron, will be the spark that generates their interest in a rewarding STEM career.”

Camp instructors will strive to stimulate students’ curiosity in the physical sciences using familiar objects to demonstrate important, basic physical principles. Students will have the chance to ask and answer questions, do investigations and experiments and learn to apply problem-solving skills.

Three sessions, each a week long, will be offered in July. Each day of the camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Camp 1, for 2nd to 3rd grade students, will run from July 6 to July 10. Camp 2, for 4th to 5th graders, will run July 13 to July 17. Camp 3, for 6th graders, will run from July 20 to July 24.

Twenty students and five alternates will be accepted for each camp.

Camp sponsors include Chevron, whose donation made the free camp possible, West Hills College Coalinga and the West Hills Community College Foundation.

Applications are available in the West Hills College Coalinga administration building at 300 Cherry Lane.

For more information about the camp, contact Angela Eldridge at 559-934-2221 or angelaeldridge@whccd.edu

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