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Students’ Summer: National Youth Science Camp

youth science campThe National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a free residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically with hands-on studies and lectures, and they have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program.

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U.Md. Student Summer Programs

The University of Maryland offers a variety of summer programs for students, including ESTEEM (Engineering Science and Technology to
Energize and Expand Young Minds); Exploring Engineering;SAT Strategies Workshop; Young Scholars Program; and the Women in Engineering Leadership Enhancement, Application and Design Academies (open to young men and women).

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Summer Slide: Kids Lose A Month of Learning

Water SlideThe summer break will cost many students a month of learning, a sweeping new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation and the Wallace Foundation reports. The setbacks also are cumulative, disproportionately affecting pupils from low-income families and all but guaranteeing a permanent achievement gap. The good news: quality summer programs can help stave off summer slide.

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Students’ Summer: Engineering Discovery for Girls

EDGEExciting Discovery for Girls in Engineering (EDGE) is a residential camp at Purdue University geared for girls who have completed the 9th or 10th grade and want to explore the engineering field. EDGE provides an overview of engineering concepts through hands-on workshops and introduces the participants to various engineering fields. Dates: July 24 – 29 and July 31 – Aug. 5, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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Students’ Summer: Engineering For Your Imagination

Engineering FYIThe Engineering FYI camp from Purdue University is a residential camp for girls who have completed 7th or 8th grade. FYI campers will work with Purdue women engineering students on hands-on activities such as designing materials for disaster relief efforts. Date: June 13 – 17, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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Students’ Summer: Lego Robotics Classes

Lego RoboticsThe Journey Museum in Rapids City, SD, is offering two NASA LEGO-Robotics workshops for students, June 9, 2011 and August 4, 2011. Participants will engage in challenges that can be shared with students to encourage the use of imagination, problem-solving skills and team work. Cost: $25 per workshop, $15 for members.

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Students’ Summer: Research at Mississippi State U. Seniors. July 11-29, 2011

The Bagley College of Engineering Summer Research Program, QUEST, provides opportunities for gifted and talented, rising high school seniors three weeks, July 11-29, 2011, working in world-class laboratories at Mississippi State University. The program will expose students to careers in engineering research, and provide an innovative research opportunity. Enrichment seminars will help participants develop knowledge and skills needed to be successful students and researchers. Quest is a highly competitive program, not a summer camp. Application deadline: April 15, 2011. Cost: $500.

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Summer Camps: Columbus, OH. All ages


The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH, offers several summer science and engineering camps for kids of all ages. Teens can explore amusement park technology, robotics, and video games. Pre-teens can explore planet Earth, aeronautics, and animal adaptations. Even the little ones can dig for dinos, visit a local watershed, and build and launch boats. Level: 5-16-year-olds.

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Students’ Summer: Aerospace at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp – IAI is a one-week residential program, July 17-23, 2011, for students grades 9-12 interested in aerospace engineering and aviation, held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students learn about a variety of topics relating to aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Cost.$700. Application Deadline: April 15.

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