The goal of the program is to increase awareness of educational and career opportunities in natural resources and sustainable biomaterials for high school students. The target audience for InsideTREES is women and minority students from rural regions. First generation, women, minority, and rural high school students are encouraged to apply; however, InsideTREES is open to all. Read Virginia Tech’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement. For more information, read University Policy No. 1025: Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault.
The three-day camp incorporated aspects of wood science, forestry, engineering, and design to promote a sustainable future. The activities were hands-on and participants were actively learning through group projects, labs, and field trips. The activities were presented by Sustainable Biomaterials faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.
Other than field trips, camp activities were held in Cheatham Hall on Virginia Tech's main campus or in Brooks Forest Products Center located in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center.
In the evenings, social activities were monitored by Residential Advisers including Sustainable Biomaterials graduate students or volunteering participants’ parents.
A tentative schedule of the program can be found here:
All expenses, except transportation to and from Virginia Tech, and personal items, were covered. Participants were provided a dorm room in a residence hall on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech. Participants were provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of Virginia Tech’s award-winning dining facilities.
Applications are now CLOSED.
Check out the modules and other information about InsideTREES https://sbio.vt.edu/SummerCamp/learning.html.
Click here for a journal paper that describes our summer camp background, logistics, evaluation, and results.