W.F. West Stem

Dr. Charles Murry, Director of the UW Medicine Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, gives student a hands- on lesson in the structure of the human brain in 2018. The students are participants in the summer STEM Camp at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

The Chehalis School District and Hoquiam School District are partnering with the University of Washington to hold a weeklong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp next week based out of W.F. West High School in Chehalis.

Campers will spend three days at W.F. West and two days at the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Camp curriculum will focus on engineering and medical science and is open to students who will be in grades 9-12 entering the 2019-2020 academic year. Cost of attendance is $25 per camper, with scholarship information available at chehalisschools.org.

The first three days of the camp will focus on engineering. Teams of students will be tasked with building a gravity car while receiving hands-on instruction on 3D printing and computer design equipment. Wednesday’s session will take place at the UW College of Engineering. Thursday and Friday will be spent in a simulated lab environment to learn about complex procedures and trauma care in conjunction with the WWAMI Institute for Simulated Healthcare. Campers will spend Friday at the UW School of Medicine.

According to an email from Chehalis Foundation board member J. Vander Stoep, the foundation will provide funding for bus service and hotel rooms for students from the Grays Harbor area and UW staff can more easily participate in the camp. “This camp is not offered elsewhere in the state,” Vander Stoep wrote. “It provides a really remarkable opportunity for young people in our area to be exposed to, and participate with, different aspects of science and engineering.”

For more information about the STEM camp, visit chehalisschools.org, call 360-807-7235 or email lpanther@chehalisschools.org and telder@chehalisschools.org.

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