This summer, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will train the next generation of researchers, engineers, architects and visual artists. Students from around the nation are being invited to participate in an array of summer programs designed to stimulate young minds and give them a glimpse into the FAMU experience.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) will be sponsoring the School of the Environment Summer Camp June 9 - 27. The three-week day camp will be held on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to eighth through 11th grades. The camp will introduce students to marine and estuarine sciences through hands-on learning opportunities, field trips, seminars with professionals, laboratory experiments, tours of environmental research laboratories and the exploration of diverse ecosystems. Applications are due April 18. To apply, visit www.ecsc.famu.edu and select the School of the Environment Summer Camp option under the “Education/Outreach” tab.
Students ages 12 to 16, who aspire to venture into the field of engineering, are encouraged to apply for the Aspiring Engineers Inspiring to Make A Difference (AEIMD) Summer Program. The program is a week-long summer camp that will introduce teens to fields related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and will promote the recruitment of minorities into STEM majors upon entering college. Participants will race fuel cars, conduct experiments and partake in a field excursion, where they will be introduced to scientists and engineers. The camp will be held June 9 - 13 and will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Registration for the program is available until June 9.
FAMU’s School of Architecture will offer a series of week-long day camps June 9 - July 24 for students interested in architecture design and technology. The workshops will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will introduce a new topic weekly. Topics of discussion range from computer modeling, robotics, 3D printing and furniture design. The camp will introduce middle to high school students ages 12 to 18 to architecture, construction and robotics. Interested students may sign up for one week or multiple weeks. Registration deadlines vary based on the student’s week of attendance.
Boys and girls ages 7 to 16 with a passion for the arts are encouraged to register for the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre Camp scheduled June 9 - July 12. The five-week theatre summer camp has a nearly 20-year history and exposes youth to theatre, music and dance through daily classes, workshops and cultural excursions designed to help them explore and enhance their intellectual and creative talents. The camp will close with a theatrical production on FAMU’s campus showcasing the talents of the participants. Upon completion of the camp, the youth theatre members are able to continue participating with FAMU’s theatre program throughout the year by attending age-appropriate Essential Theatre productions.
According to Valencia Matthews, Ph.D., dean of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and director of Theatre, FAMU’s summer camps are valuable recruitment tools that benefit the university and the students who participate for years to come.
“What is really wonderful about the camps is that they really are a recruiting tool for the university because it allows students, at an early age, to engage with FAMU,” Matthews said. “We’re building an audience in all kinds of ways.”
FAMU’s Division of Continuing Education Director Phyllis Watson said currently there are 18 approved programs that FAMU will offer this summer for students statewide and nationally.
“I believe these early experiences help improve the participants’ academic and social skills and have the potential to cultivate a lifelong relationship for learning at Florida A&M University,” Watson said.
Registration information for the summer camps and a comprehensive list of all of the programs hosted at FAMU during summer 2014 are available online under the “Summer Programs” tab at: http://www.famu.edu/continuinged.