West Virginia State University (WVSU) is hosting a free science-themed summer day camp July 17-21, entitled “Get Hooked on Ocean Exploration.” The camp targets students in grades K-2 with information and activities relating to ocean life, ecology, conservation and marine food chains.

“During the summer months, when many of us vacation at the beach, kids’ curiosity about ocean life and ecology is at its peak,” said Program Specialist Hannah Payne, camp coordinator. “Our goal with this day camp is to strengthen children’s understanding of the ocean through inquiry-based lessons and hands-on activities.”

The program is a special topic in WVSU’s growing list of youth programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The initiative is hosted by the University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM, with sites in both Charleston and Beckley.

“Get Hooked on Ocean Exploration” will take place in Hamblin Hall on the University’s Institute campus. Registration is required by contacting Hannah Payne at (304) 553-8218 or hannah.payne@wvstateu.edu.