High School Science Opportunities for Students

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

JMU Saturday Morning Physics. For the seventh year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 5 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events. For 5 Saturdays, January 28-February 25, 2017 from 9am-12pm, students will learn about topics such as, Black holes, and the Physics of Planet Hunting. More information and registration can be found athttp://www.jmu.edu/outreach/programs/all/saturday-morning-physics/registration.shtml Enrollment is limited to 50 spots for a fee of $50.00 for all 5 Saturdays. Juniors and Seniors can apply to receive 1 college credit upon completion of the program and teachers may also receive CEU’s. Registration deadline is January 16,2017. Don’t miss out on this enriching opportunity for students and teachers alike!

 College of Science at Virginia Tech is hosting a Nano Camp for rising 9th through 12th graders in early August. 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

Current Seniors

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science CampThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website Web site. The application must be submitted through the NYSC Web site by March 1, 2017.

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.  


http://www.vscs.spacegrant.org/

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Summer Residential Governor's Schools

Summer Residential Governor's Mentorship in EngineeringThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
June 25 – July 22
Location: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Dr. Margee Greenfield
Oversight by: Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Email: az2va@msn.com, Phone: 540-476-0299

Summer Residential Governor's Mentorship in Marine ScienceThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
June 25 – July 22

Location: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Dr. Margee Greenfield
Oversight by: Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Email: az2va@msn.com, Phone: 540-476-0299

Summer Residential Governor's School for AgricultureThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
June 25 – July 22

Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Dr. Curtis Friedel, Virginia Tech (0343)
2270 Litton Reaves Hall (0343), Blacksburg, VA 24061
Email: agschool@vt.edu, Phone: 540-231-6836

Summer Residential Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and TechnologyThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
July 2 – 29
Location: Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA

Dr. Steve Smith, CSCS*D, RSCC, USAW
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501-8368
E-mail: smith.s@lynchburg.edu, Phone: 434-544-8392

Summer Residential Governor's School for Medicine and Health SciencesThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website
July 2 – July 29
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Jeanne Minetree
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980442, Richmond, VA 23284
Email: GSMHS_VCU@yahoo.com, Phone: 804-720-2381

Smithsonian Internships must be 16 or older

 

JMU Space Camp - 2nd grade - 8th grade

The John C. Wells Planetarium is excited to announce two week-long Space Explorer summer camps for rising students in 2nd grade to 8th grade! Both camps are led by Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Our full-day Space Explorers camp will be held July 17–21, 2017 for rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Our half-day camp for elementary school students -- rising 2nd to 4th graders -- will be be held July 24–28, 2017. Parents can choose either a morning camp or an afternoon camp. All camps will take place and make extensive use  of the John C. Wells Planetarium, a $2M, state-of-the-art, hybrid planetarium! - See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/space-explorers-camp.shtml#sthash.arwoPW9s.dpuf
 

 

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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Human Exploration Rover Challenge

[Students Grades 9-Higher Education]
The Human Exploration Rover Challenge is an annual competition for students to design well-crafted vehicles to manipulate rugged simulated  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.

 

UVA SEAS Academy  summer camp for rising 6th -8th Participants will enjoy one week of interactive activities and classes with UVA's professors and graduate students from the School of Engineering, who will introduce them to various disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering.

Space Explorers Summer Camps: BE the Scientist! 2nd - 8th grade

The John C. Wells Planetarium is excited to announce two week-long Space Explorer summer camps for rising students in 2nd grade to 8th grade! Both camps are led by Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium and faculty member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Our full-day Space Explorers camp will be held July 17–21, 2017 for rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Our half-day camp for elementary school students -- rising 2nd to 4th graders -- will be be held July 24–28, 2017. Parents can choose either a morning camp or an afternoon camp. All camps will take place and make extensive use  of the John C. Wells Planetarium, a $2M, state-of-the-art, hybrid planetarium!

...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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