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Alfred University Consumer Chemistry Camp

  • Program Address:

    Alfred University Summer Programs
    1 Saxon Drive
    Alfred, NY 14802, U.S.A.

    Phone: 607-871-2612
    Fax: 607-871-2045
  • Winter Address:

    Alfred University Summer Programs
    1 Saxon Drive
    Alfred, NY 14802, U.S.A.

Directors: Ruth Bowers

The Alfred University Consumer Chemistry Camp is an exciting residential summer program for students aged 14-17 who have completed 8th grade math and science. The program teaches students about the chemistry of everyday consumer products. Have you ever wondered what makes diet soda sweet, how hair dye works, what pro-vitamins are, what electrolytes in sports drinks are good for, or how detergent gets your clothes clean? This camp will answer those questions and many more! You will discover how to interpret the ingredients lists of your favorite foods and products while learning some basic chemistry. For example, in our tie-dye lab, you will learn the basics of drawing chemical structures, how to extract natural dyes, and the basics of chromatographic separations, while making a T-shirt to keep. The camp will also include discussions, brief lectures, reading about chemistry in the news, and inquiry-based activities. The goal is for campers to develop a deeper understanding of household products in a fun and safe environment. Classes are taught by distinguished Alfred University faculty who know how to make learning fun! The camp will culminate in student-led presentations of everyday chemistry.

In the evenings, students will have lots of fun participating in a variety of activities including indoor and outdoor games, movies, visits to a lake for picnics and campfires, hikes, social gatherings at the coffee house, a farewell party on the last night, and more. When not with faculty, campers are supervised by our wonderful team of Resident Assistants who serve as camp counselors, mentors, positive role models and friends. Housing is provided in secure university residence halls dedicated to summer campers. Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. The $895 fee covers tuition, supervision, materials, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, and recreational activities.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, this is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning and meeting other students who share your interests. Please visit our website for further information and an application form. With our dynamic, engaging, caring faculty and staff; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the AU Consumer Chemistry Camp could make this your best summer ever!

  • Directors:
    Ruth Bowers
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  • Nearest city:
    Hornell, NY


  • Chemistry Classes
  • Labs
  • Tie-Dye
  • Science
  • Student Presentations
  • Science-Based Toys
  • Science Experiments
  • Group Discussions
  • Household Product Info
  • Science Lectures
  • Acid-Base Chemistry
  • Picnics
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Movies
  • Campus Tour
  • Social Gatherings
  • Campfires
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

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