The Toxic Detectives week-long summer camp is an amazing opportunity for middle school students (entering grades 6-8) to learn real world connections to toxicology and the environment. In addition, students will explore the campus environment at the University of Arizona. The purpose of this camp is to expose young students to the field of Toxicology and Environmental health. It will provide hands-on activity-based learning, with the goal that students will obtain the confidence to follow a science career path, as well as provide hands on activity based learning. Students learn about toxicology through a myriad of activities, labs, and professional speakers. SWEHSC hopes to foster a sense of excitement for science and plant the seed for students interested in toxicology at an early age.
The camp takes place on the U of A campus at Drachmann Hall. While the camp predominantly takes place in a classroom, many fieldtrips are taken on campus for lab visits and for outdoor activities. Students are recruited through a grass roots recruitment plan by visiting classrooms and presenting the summer camp through interesting, engaging activities. The camp cost $225 dollars, but financial aid is critical in providing this experience to underserved students.