High School Science Opportunities for Students
Look here for scholarships, camps, courses, governor's schools, competitions and all things Science to become involved in.
Meet the Scientist: Saturday Morning Physics
For the fifth year, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with JMU’s Outreach & Engagement, invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of six easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.
January 24-February 28
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
James Madison University- Miller Hall
For detailed program information, please click here!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Space Flight Academy
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.
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.
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.
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
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)