SPOKANE, Wash. – A sleep-over science camp at Washington State University Spokane will help fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students start thinking about the answer to the classic a adult question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Set for Jan. 21 and 22, the overnight health careers education campus is presented by the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, a unit of WSU Extension, in cooperation with the 4-H clubs of eastern Washington.

The camp is designed to excite and educate students about the possibilities of careers in health care. They will also learn about the specific choices they need to make regarding their education in order to prepare for the demands of both high school and college. With Washington students now required to begin career planning and associated course selections in eight grade, this camp aims at the age group entering the important middle school years.

Students will learn about careers in dental hygiene, occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise science from faculty of WSU Spokane and Eastern Washington University. The camp, to be held in the Health Sciences Building on the Riverpoint campus, will also give students hands-on activities and exposure to the clinical and research facilities in the building.

Other participating programs include WSU Spokane CityLab, the WSU College of Pharmacy, the health policy and administration department at WSU Spokane, Gonzaga University’s premedicine program, the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing and the joint EWU/WSU graduate program that educates audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

The camp is limited to 40 students. The cost to attend is $15 per student. The registration deadline is Jan. 14. To register, contact Bonnie Wagner at bonniew@wsu.edu or by phone at (509) 358-7644.

Web sites:

Eastern Washington AHEC: www.ahec.spokane.wsu.edu

WSU/Spokane County Extension 4-H: http://Spokane-county.wsu.edu/4h/index.htm