MEDIA ADVISORY: See camp schedule below for visual opportunities. Times approximate. Contact Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, 509/869-2949 (cell), to confirm.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The WSU Spokane CityLab camp, set for July 8-12, will engage young women grades 6-8 in an astrobiology quest. The campers will explore lab experiments, food analysis and rocketry. A field trip to WSU’s Pullman campus will feature scientific demonstrations and a tour of the newly renovated Jewett Observatory.

The girls-only summer science camp will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., except for Thursday, when the campers stay overnight in Pullman. For more information, contact Glynis Hull, 509/358-7638, ghull@wsu.edu, or visit the WSU Spokane CityLab Web site at spokanecitylab.wsu.edu.

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2002 Young Women’s Summer Science Camp: The Astrobiology Quest
July 8-12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. , Health Sciences Building Room 330 (310 N. Riverpoint Blvd.)

DRAFT SCHEDULE

MONDAY, July 8
9 – 9:45: Introductions: Who we are; who they are; What is Astrobiology?; What girls will be doing during the camp
9:45 – 10:30: Introduction to the scientific method
10:30 – 11:30: Electrophoresis exploration
11:30 – 11:45: Prep gels for Dye Lab
11:45 – 12:30: Lunch and outside activity; Discussion of professional careers for women; Start list of science-related careers
12:30 – 1:15: The Dye Lab
1:15 – 2:00: Skin Pigmentation Lab
2:00 – 2:45: Balloon Rockets (outside)
2:45 – 3:00: Re-cap of day’s events and overview of tomorrow’s activities

TUESDAY, July 9
9:00 – 9:15: Intro to day’s events
9:15 – 10:30: Blood Typing
10:30 – 10:45: Break w/ snacks
10:45 – 11:30: Speaker from the Spokane Astronomical Society; Discussion of astrobiology/Mars
11:30 – 12:00: Start of Brine Shrimp Experiment
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch and outside activity; Discussion of career pathways/math and science requirements
12:45 – 1:45: McMush (quick starch and protein)
1:45 – 2:00: Break
2:00 – 2:45: Outside Activity TBD
2:45 – 3:00: Recap of day’s events and overview of field trip to Pullman

WEDNESDAY, July 10
9:00 – 10:30: Travel to Pullman
10:30-12:00: Chemistry Show (Brian Weissbart)
12 – 12:45: Lunch at the CUB
1:00 – 2:00: Creamery/Ferdinand’s tour & ice cream
2:00 – 3:30: Planetarium
3:30 – 4:00: Short Break and walking time to next presentation
4:00 – 5:00: Birds of Prey
5:00 – 6:00: Dinner at dining hall
6:00 – 6:30: Down Time at their dorm
6:30 – 8:00: Rental of CUB game room
8:30 – 9:30: Star Party at Jewett Observatory

THURSDAY, July 11
8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast and get ready for trip back to Spokane
9:00 – 10:30: Travel Pullman to Spokane
10:30 – 11:00: Outside activity
11:00 – 11:15: Check Brine Shrimp; observe growing cultures; Modify as needed
11:15 – 12:00: Work on Posters
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch and outside activity
12:45 – 2:45: Big Rockets
2:45 – 3:00: Re-cap of day’s events and overview of tomorrow’s activities

FRIDAY, July 12
9:00 – 9:15: Intro to day’s events
9:15 – 9:45: Discussion of the physiology of being in space or on a planet like Mars; How would you prepare for this type of experience?
9:45 – 11:30: Complete Posters; Also check on brine shrimp
11:30 – 1:00: Lunch and poster presentations (family invited)
1:00 – 3:00: Wild Walls climbing