Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer an Environmental Agri-Science Camp for junior high and high school students July 8-11 and for college-level students, July 15-18.
This four-day camp is designed to help students explore and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through hands-on projects and real-world applications. The academy will integrate various aspects of environmental and agriculture sciences, including plant morphology/physiology, water quality and soil quality, cropping systems, weed control and herbicides; plant identification; sampling strategies and techniques.

Instructors include Dr. Richard Warby, visiting assistant professor of Environmental Science, Assumption College; Don Hayes, SCCC/ATS Biology instructor; James Choate, SCCC/ATS Sustainable Agriculture Resources Specialist; and Dr. Randall Currie, weed scientist, SW Research Extension Center, Kansas State University.
Warby was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering, Syracuse University, a masterís in Soil Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal and a bachelorís in (Honors) Chemistry and a bachelor in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Natal University, Pietermaritzburg. He has been an assistant professor of Chemistry, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and was a teaching assistant, instructor and research assistant at Syracuse University. He was also a senior associate at ENVIRON International Corporation. He has been a peer reviewer of a number of environmental publications. In addition, he received the Assumption College Faculty Development Award in 2013, the Arkansas State University Faculty Research Award in 2011 and the Summer Institute for Research Development, Arkansas State University in 2011.
Currie has published 19 refereed journal articles in the last 15 years and has published over 48 abstracts in the last 21 years. He publishes annual work to help farmers make wise weed control decisions. He has a doctorate in Weed Science from Texas A&M University, a masterís in Weed Science from Oklahoma State University and a bachelorís in Agronomy/Business from Kansas State University.
Choate has a masterís degree in Environmental Science from Arkansas State University and a bachelorís in Plant and Soil Science from Tennessee Technological University. He was a graduate research assistant at Arkansas State University; owner of Principal Environmental and Agricultural Training Solutions; Agriculture Extension Agent, North Carolina State University; Pesticide Specialist North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Hays is also an adjunct professor at Cypress College, California; he has also been an adjunct professor at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Riverside Community College, Riverside, Calif.; and Mt San Jacinto College, California. He received a masterís in biology from California State University, and a bachelorís in biology from San Jose State University.
This is a residential camp; students will stay in the dorms with adult supervision and planned activities in the evening.
The cost is $150 per student.
To obtain an application or for additional information, contact Choate at 620-417-1365 or
Deadline to submit applications is June 21.