UW Summer STEM Camp in Chehalis

Submitted by: The University of Washington, Chehalis School District and Hoquiam School District

The Chehalis and Hoquiam School Districts will co-host this summer’s high school STEM Camp, to be held at W.F. West High School in Chehalis, July 15 through 19. The STEM Camp is open to high school students (entering grades 9 through 12). The University of Washington College of Engineering and UW Medicine will both be participating. Students will be given hands-on opportunities to learn about and experience engineering and medical science.

“We’re thrilled to be able to extend this learning opportunity to high school students in Southwest Washington. Last year’s STEM Camp in Chehalis was very well received. It allows students to see and interact with cutting-edge technology and science.” -Randy Hodgins, UW Vice President for External Affairs.

“By bringing WISH to the classroom we see students engage and get an opportunity to go into a field they might not have been exposed to before. I expect to see many of these students in the field or in labs making discoveries in medical care and global health that will amaze us.” -Dr. Robert Sweet, Executive Director for the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) and Medical Director the UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center.

“We’re excited to be co-hosting this event with Chehalis. We will be transporting students from Grays Harbor County to Chehalis. No K-12 public school program can match the exposure our students will receive in Engineering and Medicine in partnership with the University of Washington. We are encouraging students from our area to sign up early for this opportunity.” -Mike Villarreal, Superintendent, Hoquiam School District

“This is our 7th annual Summer STEM Camp and students have been incredibly enthusiastic about what they’ve learned and seen and done. It’s really opened up new horizons for the high school participants.  We are grateful for the financial support of the Chehalis Foundation.” -Ed Rothlin, Superintendent, Chehalis School District

“The Quinault Indian Nation is excited about exposing our young people to the cutting-edge technology provided by the University of Washington in an interactive and engaging setting. There are many job opportunities within Quinault Indian Nation that require STEM degrees; this opens the door for our Quinault youth to gain knowledge needed to come back and work for the Nation. We are encouraging Quinault youth to participate in this event.”  -M’Liss DeWald, Education Manager, Quinault Indian Nation

Students will spend four days in classes at W.F. West High School. The final day of STEM Camp will be on the University of Washington campus. The cost is $25 for the week-long camp. Register online at www.chehalisschools.org (if needed, request scholarships during registration).

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