How to prepare for YWSI


YWSI is designed for students to have fun, meet new friends, and learn new science, engineering and computer skills. Through hands-on experience, they will learn how to understand the world around them using technology.

Directions to OSC Dress
Packing List Additional Resources
Housing Miscellaneous Expenses
Evening Activities Medical Care
Transportation Attendance
Expectations Leave of Absence
Damages Grounds for Instant Dismissal


Packing List

  • At least 2 pair long pants (you may get one wet on the field trip, so bring an old pair!)
  • Shorts (3-4)
  • Tee-shirts (7)
  • 2 or 3 sweatshirts or sweaters
  • Underwear for 7 days, plus 2 extra pairs
  • Toilet Kit (toothbrush, hairbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Towels
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Casual shoes (athletic shoes and/or sandals)
  • Old tennis shoes to wear on the field trip
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach Towels
  • Medication you need to take
  • Paper, pen, stamps
  • A favorite book or two
  • Alarm clock
  • Pajamas or sleep shirt
  • Toys, or favorite things you want to have with you


OSC is located at 1224 Kinnear Road in Columbus, Ohio. It is on the west campus of The Ohio State University (OSU) in the research area. Directions to OSC can be found at


Wear comfortable, easy-care clothing that can be layered. Since OSC is air conditioned, it is advisable to bring a sweater or sweatshirt. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, too. On Tuesday, we will participate in an outdoor environmental waterways field trip. For that day, we encourage you to dress for the season. Since it will involve an outdoor experience, please wear old clothing and proper footwear. Other suggestions include binoculars, cameras, field guides (flowers, birds, etc.), insect repellent, old clothing, rain gear, wading shoes, and/or sturdy boots.

Additional Resources

On Tuesday the YWSI students will be traveling to Big Darby Creek to perform water quality tests. The information collected will then be analyzed and used to draw conclusions for their final projects. To help prepare for this field trip, all YWSI students should read the information located on the projects page as well as the information on the Darby Creek website at


OSC has reserved a block of rooms in one of the OSU dorms. YWSI participants will stay in the dorm from Sunday (check-in after 3 p.m.) through Saturday (check-out before noon). The dorm will provide bed linens and towels. For more detailed information about housing for YWSI, click on or contact OSU Summer Conference Housing at 614-292-9725.

Miscellaneous Expenses

All program activities and lunches will be provided at no cost to the students. The students and their parents should determine the amount of spending money needed for snacks and personal expenditures. Although some snacks will be provided, the Center has vending machines for the students' use.

Evening Activities

Chaperones will be provided for the YWSI students at all times

Medical Care

Full medical and emergency dental services are available to YWSI participants at the Student Health Center (SHC). All services are subject to an office visit fee with additional charges as necessary. Health expenses will be billed directly to the students' parents. Students who need allergy shots during YWSI can have them administered at the SHC with the proper medical documentation and paperwork received in advance. As with other services provided by the SHC, there is a fee for allergy shots.


Participants in YWSI are guests of the State of Ohio and OSU. They are expected to treat university personnel, others affiliated with the program and peers with respect. The students will be working and studying at OSC -- the same place where researchers, members of industry, faculty and staff will be working. It is imperative that students help OSC maintain a professional work environment free of interruptions and distractions. Keep in mind that YWSI will be a more enjoyable event for everyone if we take others into consideration and "Follow the Golden Rule."

Respecting and appreciating diversity is fundamental to OSU's learning environment. For YWSI to be a success, everyone must respect each other regardless of race, creed, culture, religion or sex. As appointed representatives of their schools and communities, YWSI students should respect the contributions and interests of others and treat them with dignity.


YWSI participants are expected to attend all classes and planned activities. For the protection of students, attendance will be taken at each class, function and evening dorm check-in.

Leave of Absence

Except in emergency situations or by special arrangement with the YWSI staff, no students or teachers will be granted leaves of absence from scheduled activities of the Institute.


During the program, morning and evening transportation will be provided to and from the dorms. OSC will also provide transportation for designated field trips.


As mentioned in the Expectations section above, all YWSI participants must respect OSU property. Any damages to such property will be repaired at the expense of the participant's parents.

Grounds for Instant Dismissal

Violation of any of the following rules may result in immediate dismissal and parental notification. All traveling expenses will be covered by the parents of the dismissed student:

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or inhalants
  • Stealing, lying or cheating under any circumstances
  • Other chronic misbehavior such as poor attendance and uncooperative behavior

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