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Texas Tech Hosts Youth Summer Enrichment Programs

Academic enrichment summer camps are available for children entering grades 4-11.

Written by Callie Jones

This summer, Texas Tech University will play host to several academic enrichment summer camps for kids entering grades 4-11. The programs are offered through Texas Tech’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL).

Available programs, dates and age levels are listed below.

Wind Engineering Camp: Run on the Wind

June 9-14

Rising grades 7-11

This six-day/five-night summer camp explores the power of the wind and the means by which we harness it. In this camp, students will see how we forecast and measure the wind, learn the basics of turbine design, and build and test a wind turbine. Students will gain knowledge about how wind science is interdisciplinary and what careers are possible with a degree in wind science, as well as what academic skills are necessary to succeed as a wind scientist.

Classes are team-taught by experienced university and public school faculty and emphasize hands-on activities. Classes are interdisciplinary to allow campers to explore many aspects of science through the lens of wind science. Students will be grouped into classes by age.

Students are housed in Texas Tech residence halls. Each camper will have one roommate. One counselor is assigned to every 15 campers. Campers may request a roommate (not guaranteed). Meals are served daily in a Texas Tech dining hall. Evenings are devoted to traditional summer fun that includes swimming, basketball, volleyball, a pizza party, and a trip to The Main Event.

Tuition is $635 and includes instruction, supervision, room and board, a camp T-shirt and evening recreation. Applications without deposits are not processed.

The balance-due deadline and the refund deadline is May 25. Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Because enrollment is limited, early registration is encouraged.

Shake Hands with Your Future

Session I: June 9-13

Rising grades 8-11

Session II: July 7-11

Rising grades 4-7

Shake Hands With Your Future students explore different fields of study with hands-on opportunities. The program is designed to help students develop interests and focus their academic path.

Classes available this year include architecture, animal science and food technology, environmental engineering, clinical lab science, LEGO robotics, art, law, theater arts, forensics, lab science and circuits.

Students request two classes and receive 10 hours of total instruction in the morning class and 9 hours of total instruction in the afternoon class. Classes are not graded.

Students are introduced to university life and live in a Texas Tech residence hall. When students are not in class, they have fun and meet new friends from throughout Texas, the United States and beyond.

Tuition is $545 and includes instruction, supervision, room and board, a camp T-shirt and evening recreation. Applications without deposits are not processed.

Registration is ongoing and the refund deadline is May 21 for Session I and June 1 for Session II. Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Because enrollment is limited, early registration is encouraged.

Science: It’s a Girl Thing

Session I: June 24-27

Rising grades 5 & 6

Session II: July 22-25

Rising grades 7-11

Science: It’s a Girl Thing is a four-day/three-night residential camp for girls entering grades 5-11. Girls attend hands-on science classes in university classrooms and laboratories. Program goals include providing girls with strong role models, sparking an interest in science, dispelling myths and misconceptions about science and careers in science, and introducing under-represented girls to a collegiate experience.

Students are housed in Texas Tech residence halls. Each camper will have one roommate. Campers may request a roommate (not guaranteed). Meals are served daily in a Texas Tech dining hall. Evenings are devoted to traditional summer fun activities.

Tuition is $345 and includes instruction, supervision, room and board, a camp T-shirt, and evening recreation. Applications without deposits are not processed.

Registration is ongoing. The balance-due and refund deadlines are June 1 for both sessions.

Shake Hands with Your Future and Science: It’s a Girl Thing require teacher nominations. For more information and for registration forms, visit the IDEAL website.

IDEAL is part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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The mission of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is to provide distinctive and unique academic enrichment programs that promote academic excellence, citizenship/leadership, diversity, and an appreciation of the arts for children in grades kindergarten through 12. IDEAL is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.


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