HAYS, Kan. — Registration for math, science and engineering summer camps offered by two Fort Hays State University entities is open to students who will enter the second through 10th grade in fall 2016.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science offers five different four-day camps to high school underclassmen. Students can sign up for a maximum of two camps. Each camp costs $100 for Kansas residents and $400 for non-residents. Tuition includes camp supplies, a T-shirt, and room and board. Registration priority date is April 1.
Computer Animation, June 6-9
Students will learn to use Alice, a freeware, object-based educational programming language with an integrated development environment. Through hands-on experiments, students will create computer animations using 3D models and produce their own short animated movie.
Becoming an Everyday Mathematician, June 13-16
Students will learn to use Excel and statistical programs and go on field trips to understand mathematical concepts that affect daily life. Students will learn how to use mathematics to explain questions such as: How does the weather forecaster make predictions? What makes water taste the way it does? And, can you accurately predict the score of a big game?
Chemistry of Cooking, June 13-16
Students will work with Ph.D. professors to learn chemistry through a fusion of culinary skills and scientific exploration of spices and herbs and cooking techniques like searing steaks, roasting vegetables and baking.
Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Boot Camp, June 20-23
Students will use Google Virtual Reality to create their own world and then step into it. Using Google Cardboard, students will construct low-cost, 3D virtual reality viewers. Also, students will create a 3D virtual reality game and collaborate in small groups to create a 360-degree video.
Capturing the Storm: Learning the Basics of Meteorology and Storm Photography, June 27-30
Students will learn the science of weather forecasting. Students will use digital SLR cameras and tripods to capture storm structures and lightning photos. Students will also get a basic understanding of meteorology, photography, radar software and storm forecasting.
The Science and Mathematics Education Institute is offering day-time summer camps to students in second through eighth grades. Each summer camp lasts four days and costs $50 per participant. Space is limited in each camp to the first 24 who sign up before the May 18 deadline.
Robotics Adventure for Girls and Robot-O-Rama (co-ed) are two separate camps that will teach students to build, program and test LEGO robots using LEGO EV3 software. Offered from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. from June 6-9, and available to students grades sixth to eighth.
Mathematical Fitness will give students the chance to explore the behind-the-scenes mathematics at a health and fitness center. Students will use their brain and body to become mathematically fit. Offered 9 a.m. to noon from June 13-16, and available to students in grades fifth to seventh.
Camp North Star involves team projects and experiments with engineering, nanotechnology and rockets. Offered from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. from June 13-16, and available to students in grades fifth to seventh.
Super Science Heroes Save the World! will teach students about the different aspects of engineering while focusing on the mechanical, electrical, civil and aerospace fields. Students will build robots, mechanical hands and flashlights, and design towers, bridges, arches, cars and planes. Two sessions will be offered, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. from June 20-23, and available to students in grades second to fifth.
The Science of Aerodynamics camp will teach students about many facets of flight through hands-on experiments. Students will make their own flying craft, take the distance challenge and see the forces of flight in action. Two sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from June 27-30. Available to students in grades second to fifth.
To register for the KAMS summer academy camps, navigate to https://www.fhsu.edu/kams/ and select “Summer Camps.”
Additional information and camp registration for the SMEI camps can be found at www.fhsu.edu/smei under “summer camps.”