In 2020, TRSA is once again offering “The Summer Academy,” a series of camps designed to engage, educate, and inspire students by using their interests to teach STEM concepts.
TRSA's Summer Academy is Going VirtualAfter careful consultation with our partners regarding the health and safety of everyone in our community – students, families, educators, partners, and facilitators – we have made the difficult decision to move all our summer programming to a virtual setting.
Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold our programs in the way we originally planned, but look forward to the ability to provide resources to even more students and families.
Virtual Summer Camp Framework:
Going virtual means that more students than ever before will get to experience these STEM learning camps. Here are our levels of participation:
- STEM Campers – TRSA is able to accept more students than ever into these camp experiences. When accepted, students can expect:
- To receive a STEM Camp Toolkit in the mail prior to the start of camp. This will include all the materials and resources needed to engage in a series of unplugged activities relating to that camp.
- Be able to enter into an online learning environment where students, facilitators, and STEM professional mentors can safely interact.
- Have access to a number of pre-recorded videos (interviews with STEM professionals, demonstrations, tours, etc.) and online resources (presentations, games, escape rooms, etc.)
- Summer STEM Club members – We’re no longer limited by the size of the classroom or how many students we can transport. This means that all students across Green Country can join the Summer STEM Club and have access to:
- All the instructions and materials lists for our unplugged activities.
- The pre-recorded videos (interviews with STEM professionals, demonstrations, tours, etc.) and online resources (presentations, games, escape rooms, etc.)
How to Participate:
- STEM Campers have already been selected based on applications received by the original March 31 deadline.
- All other students are encouraged to complete the waitlist application in order to be considered for any open spots at the STEM Campers level.
- Paper applications can be accessed here.
- Summer Camps are offered at no cost to participants.
- Camps are listed by the grade the student will be entering in the Fall of 2020.
- STEM Campers will receive program information via mail and email.
- All waitlist campers are part of the Summer STEM Club and will receive email notifications when camps go live that fit their age range and interests. Should we have extra STEM Camp Toolkits, we’ll send those to those registered on our waitlist.
- Registration is not required, but encouraged for students interested in participating at the Summer STEM Club level. Interested participants will check back on this webpage for a link to the online learning platform the day it goes live.
Donations Accepted!Thanks to our vibrant funding community, TRSA is able to provide our STEM opportunities at no cost to participants. If you would like to join this team of individual, corporate and philanthropic donors to ensure that these opportunities are available to students and educators, please consider making a donation below. In 2019, the average cost of a week long camp for one student was $200. Together we are building broad, deep, and innovative STEM pathways for all students to access high-impact careers.
When: June 1-5, 2020
Who: 6th-12th graders
Details: Join us as we explore various fields of STEM through a mysterious investigation! We will explore different fields of STEM including Forensics, Life Sciences, Technology, and much more. This is an interactive camp where campers will be able to experience the daily lives of many careers and meet professionals in various STEM fields. The camp is centered around a mystery which the campers will be solving through many hands on activities.
This program is being planned by the TRSA Teen Advisory Council. For students, by students.Explore this Camp!
When: June 8-12, 2020
Who: 6th-12th graders
Details: At the Summer Engineering Camp, students will be immersed in the vast world of engineering. They will experience problem-solving and troubleshooting, and gain insight on what it is like to study engineering in a college atmosphere. Students will visit local companies and explore many engineering disciplines, including electrical, civil, mechanical, petroleum, chemical, and aerospace, and see how engineers work in teams to solve real world challenges. Campers will leave having forged new friendships, developed a sense of what engineers do, and explored engineering career and degree options.
Sponsored by Tulsa Tech.Explore this Camp!
When: June 15-19, 2020
Who: 3rd-5th graders
Details: Celebrating 50 years of space travel, students will use the engineering design process as they learn about humans’ endeavors to return to the Moon and visit Mars. Days will be filled with hands-on activities as we explore robotics and modes of space transportation, investigate the Moon remotely, and imagine how humans will live and work on the Moon and Mars.Explore this Camp!
When: June 22-26, 2020
Who: 6th-12th graders
Details: M*A*S*H (Medical Applications of Science for Health) is a program designed for students interested in a career in the medical field. Students who attend the camps are given a unique look into the healthcare industry while shadowing medical professionals.
Sponsored by AAON.Explore this Camp!
When: July 6-10, 2020
Who: 5th-7th graders
Details: Experience the WILDEST camps in town! With binoculars ready and zoo exploration ahead, join us at the award-winning Tulsa Zoo camp. Animals are the original masters of engineering! How have whales, sea sponges, and even mosquitoes inspired scientists and architects? Learn those answers and more as we explore engineering done by animals, for animals, and from animals.Explore this Camp!
When: July 13-17, 2020
Who: 4th-6th graders
Details: Whether they know it or not, everyone is connected through the garden. Science can help us understand our part in this worldwide community and what it means to share the earth in a responsible way. This camp will explore the garden ecosystem through the lenses of four science careers. Campers will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of herbs, create a habitat for their own plant, investigate the curious insects that call a garden home and “eat the rainbow” together in a garden-based meal of their own making.Explore this Camp!
When: July 20-24, 2020
Who: 1st-3rd graders
Details: The garden is a community filled with insects and plants all working together to survive! Science can help us understand our part in this worldwide community and what it means to share the earth with tiny community members: insects! This year we will explore all of these garden insects through hands-on games, art, garden exploration, and cooking. Campers will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of insects, examine their anatomy, and understand how they work together to sometimes benefit and sometimes harm the garden.
When: July 20-24, 2020
Who: 6th graders
Details: Opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us. Students will explore customs and cultures of different nations and learn how STEM helps shape and influence the world.
When: July 27-31, 2020
Who: 6th-8th grade girls
Details: This 5 day STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Entrepreneurship & Design) program will allow girls to dive into multiple facets of CS. Campers will learn programming basics, explore video game design, code with robotics, be immersed in 3D design, and create their own start-up.
When: August 3-7, 2020
Who: 6th-8th graders
Details: Don’t just compete; CREATE! In this camp, students will design a new challenge for the Conquer Youth race while learning about living a healthy lifestyle and careers in sports medicine.
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