2021 Virtual Young Women's Summer Institute

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Explore the amazing world of STEM and learn how scientists collect and analyze data to address real-world problems in this daily virtual camp. Examine the health of your local watershed and streams through activities like games and virtual field trips that vividly bring to life key concepts in computing, math, science and engineering.

This program is designed for young women in 6th and 7th grade (in the 2020-2021 school year). 

Past YWSI class standing at the entrance of OSC.

Program Details

Dates and Times

Monday, July 12, to Thursday, July 15, 2021
10 a.m. to Noon, daily


Link to be distributed to registered participants via email


Registration has closed for the 2021 Virtual YWSI event. Please consider attending YWSI or Summer Institute in person next summer.


No cost to attend the program. Activities require additional materials such as vinegar, baking soda and filter paper which may need to be purchased to follow along at home. See Required Materials below for more details.


An overview schedule for Virtual YWSI.

Day Activities
Monday, July 12 Welcome and ice breaker
Gallery "walk": science vocabulary
Virtual field trip
Tuesday, Jul 13 Introduction to rivers and effects of humans
"Make a watershed" activity (required materials listed below)
Game time: watershed management
"Find your watershed" activity
Group whiteboard activity
Wednesday, July 14 Group whiteboard presentations
Introduction to water testing
Game time: impacts on watersheds
Hometown watershed EPA quality report
Game time: watershed detective
Thursday, July 15 Water testing activity (required materials listed below)
Teachers' watersheds
Ohio EPA watershed activity

Required materials

Tuesday: "Make a watershed" activity

  • 3 pieces of letter-sized paper
  • water-based markers
  • tape
  • cookie sheet
  • spray bottle with tap water

Thursday: Water testing activity

  • Boiled, chopped red cabbage
  • Container (with a lid)
  • White filter paper (coffee filters)
  • Scissors
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Water sample from tap (to test)

Contact Information

(614) 688-8300 or si-contact@osc.edu

Young Women's Summer Institute 2022

YWSI returns to its full week-long residential program in 2022 (pending health and safety conditions). Check the program homepage in January 2022 for more details.