Leonard Gelfand STEM Center to offer Shipwreck Camp for youth this summer

Inspired by the research and exploration of Robert Ballard, father of the JASON Project and finder of the Titanic wreckage, Shipwreck Camp will take 12- to 15-year-old children to explore and research a shipwreck in Lake Erie.

Offered by the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center over the summer, the program will engage campers in field science and exploration weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (times may vary depending on the event planned). The camp will run Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, with Guilford House as home base.

Campers will take day trips to several other sites around northeast Ohio, such as Mentor Harbor Lagoon and Kelleys Island.

Because of the camp’s exploratory nature, campers should be in good health, be able to get into and out of small or large boats and, at minimum, not be afraid of water, insects, boats or the outdoors. Swimming skills are advantageous, but not required.

A familiarity with internet searches and computer skills in Microsoft Office software will be helpful in compiling reports and building expedition plans. Students will work in teams, and some activities will be photographed or videotaped.

During the two-week camp, participants will:

  • Meet local experts;
  • Build remotely operated vehicles for underwater exploration;
  • Conduct the research necessary to find a wreck in Lake Erie;
  • Use the tools of a scientist;
  • Conduct field research;
  • Embrace the history of the Great Lakes region;
  • Immerse themselves in an introduction to scuba and snorkeling;
  • Develop navigational skills on land and water;
  • Discover what weather contributes to shipwrecks in the Great Lakes;
  • Develop a plan and find a wreck; and
  • Share discoveries.

Campers also will read a novel in advance of camp.

The cost of this day camp is $530 for two weeks, including meals and snacks.

For more information, call 216.368.5075 or email kmk21@case.edu.

Download an application at gelfand.case.edu/programs/shipwreck-camp/.