High School Science Opportunities for Students

Look here for scholarships, camps, courses, governor's schools, competitions and all things Science to become involved in.

 College of Science at Virginia Tech is hosting a Nano Camp for rising 9th through 12th graders on August 3-5, 2015.  We are hoping that you would be willing to help us market the program.  Please feel free to forward this message, post to Facebook pages or email students and parents who you think might be interested.   The cost of the camp is $200 (with assistance available if necessary) for the three-day, two-night camp and will include all meals and snacks, a t-shirt, supplies for all activities, a backpack, and a water bottle.  For your reference, here is the website for more information, including the schedule and registration link:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/nanocamp/index.html



Family Hiking Day

Saturday September 24, 9am-2pm
Follow the Appalachian Trail up to a mountain lookout, visit an AT shelter, and return via the same path. Hightop Mountain via the Appalachian Trail (AT)
Length: 4 miles
Challenge level: Moderate
Group size: 15-25 persons, please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/887768087996055

Transportation & Parking: Meet in Harrisonburg at Walkabout Outfitter at 9am for car-pooling, or 9:45amat the Hightop Mountain parking in Shenandoah National Park along Skyline Drive just south of the Rt. 33 entrance (limited parking space at the trailhead)


Screening of Trail Magic: the Granny Gatewood story

Monday October 3, 7pm at Court Square Theatre
This fascinating documentary tells the story of Emma Gatewood, who became the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67. Emma overcame numerous obstacles, including escaping from a physically abusive marriage, and after raising her eleven children decided to set out on a new challenge on the "new" Appalachian Trail. The director will be present at the screening and available to answer questions. Tickets $9.50, proceeds to benefit AT Harrisonburg

Sophomores - The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who  possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. The program features two key elements: 1.)  a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules; and 2.) a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions.  



Meet the Author: Jeff Alt

Saturday October 8, 1pm-2pm at Massanutten Regional Library
Program appropriate for children ages 5-9. Joins us as Jeff Alt takes us on a time traveling adventure through Shenandoah National Park with Bubba Jones and family, based on his new book, The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park.  In this presentation, you will help Bubba Jones and family solve a family mystery as you explore Shenandoah through narration, slides, and props. 

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Smithsonian Internships must be 16 or older


JMU Space Camp - watch for this summer's info when available details listed below are from this past summer

Residential Space Camp- rising 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders.
Day Space Camp- rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Both of our  Space Camps provide hands-on learning opportunities to middle and high school students by using many NASA related STEM educational activities, along with JMU resources, including the John C. Wells Planetarium. All teachers and students working with the campers will go through a NASA teacher training program so that they are ready to help your children actively engage in learning about space! We will post more information about the schedule as it is available. Content will vary from last year, for those of you who may be returning for a second year.


National Youth Science Camp -

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

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VT Summer Bridge program - for seniors going to VA Tech the next year

Virginia Tech , supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is offering a three week Summer Bridge Program to select entering freshmen majoring in the physical and quantitative sciences. Students will form a living learning community through shared coursework, gain preparation for undergraduate research, and benefit from personal advising, academic and career support.  This program culminates in Hokie Camp at Smith Mountain Lake.

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BLAST! - current 8th & 9th

BLAST will offer a dynamic three-day residential summer experience on the campus of Virginia Tech (VT) and the University of Virginia (UVA) in the summer of 2014. Through innovative hands-on experiences taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing on a college campus.  BLAST is geared to students who may have an interest in STEM or an underlying aptitude for STEM academics, but have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM.

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Computer Camps at William and Marry

In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet. Our summer technology programs for kids and teens are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For teens ages 13-18, we also offer intensive 2-week, pre-college iD Tech Academies at select universities.  We guarantee a maximum of 8 students per instructor for personalized learning, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.

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Virginia Space Flight Academy

If you are 11-15* years old, interested in robotics, rockets and assembly and launching, and weather, then Space Flight Adventure Camp is the place to be this summer!

All programs are a mixture of excitement and fun, with hands-on experiences. Come and meet new friends and enjoy the adventure of learning about space.

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Career Exploration Program

[Students Grades 9-12 & Higher Education]
The Career Exploration Program is an internship experience offered at NASA's Johnson Space Center and White Sands Test Facility to high school, undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering and business fields. Internships range from 10 weeks to a year long.

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Great Moonbuggy Race

[Students Grades 9-Higher Education]
The Great Moonbuggy Race is an annual competition for students to design well-crafted vehicles to manipulate rugged simulated lunar terrain at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Middle School Science Opportunities for Students

Look here for camps, classes, and extra science activities you can do.


Gr 3-6: Kids’ Science Challenge Opportunity

Deadline: Ongoing, beginning in October 2011

Information: http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/

The Kids’ Science Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Pulse of the Planet, is a nationwide annual competition in which students in grades 3–6 submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. An online video provides an overview of this year’s challenge topics: Zero Waste, Animal Smarts and Meals on Mars. Through the video, students will learn what the scientists and engineers are challenging them to do: to come up with ideas or inventions that no one has thought of before.


Enjoy Engineering Camp a camp at UVA for rising 8th & 9th graders

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) summer camp for rising 6th -8th

...And Something for Everyone

JMU's Free shows at the Well's Planetarium on Saturday's at 2:30 (younger audience) and 3:30 (middle school and up)


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