This summer, middle and high school students can experience life on a college campus while exploring the exciting and varied fields of math and science at the free 2012 Summer Academies in Math, Science and Technology.
The free academies, sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, are open to upcoming eighth through 12th graders. Each academy explores the latest trends in math, science and technology by using fun, hands-on activities and innovative software as students experiment both in the classroom and outdoors. Many academies also include field trips to some of the state’s top companies, science facilities and museums.
The academies are being offered at 18 of Oklahoma’s college and university campuses in May, June and July. Twenty-nine different academies will be offered statewide and last from four days to two weeks. Some academies require students to live in the campus residence halls, while others require that students travel to and from campus each day.
"Since 1990, Summer Academies have provided thousands of Oklahoma middle and high school students the opportunity to experience the college campus environment while exploring new and exciting career options,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “This program offers young people the chance to study with top professors and explore hands-on learning that exceeds anything they’ve encountered in a traditional classroom. After attending our Summer Academies, students are more likely to attend college and hopefully have a broader perspective about the value of a college education."
More than 17,000 Oklahoma students have attended Summer Academies since 1990. Seventy-three percent of Summer Academies students go to college immediately after high school, compared to 56 percent of all students. While in college, Summer Academies students are more academically prepared than their peers, requiring one-third fewer remedial courses than all other students. More than 80 percent of Summer Academies students earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 22 percent of all Oklahomans.
Applications are now being accepted for the academies, and many have deadlines. Because the academies are free and enrollment is limited, students are encouraged to apply early. To qualify, students need to be entering eighth through 12th grade this fall. Officials emphasize the academies are not exclusive to top students but instead are designed to give all students an opportunity to increase their interest and confidence in math, science and technology and, ultimately, expand their career and educational aspirations.
Academy descriptions and contact information are available at www.okhighered.org/summer-academies. Students can also get information from their school counselors or by calling (800) 858-1840.
Academies offered this summer include:
Cameron University, Lawton
- Science Detective Summer Academy, May 28-June 3 (Grades 8-10)
- NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy, June 10-22 (Grades 9-11)
East Central University, Ada
- Explorations in Computer Science and Robotics, June 18-22 (Grades 8-11)
- Coding Theory, Risk Analysis and Other Mathematical Pursuits, June 11-15 (Grades 10-12)
Langston University, Langston
- An Intensive Academy in Math, Science, and Technology for Grades 10-12, June 3-17 (Grades 10-12)
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami
- Exceptional Direction United in Culture, Academics, Technology, and Excitement in Medical Education (E.D.U.C.A.T.E. M.E.), June 25-29 (Grades 8-9)
- Valuing Traditions: Applying Indigenous Stewardship in Ecology, June 18-23 (Grades 8-12)
Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
- Get Green for Blue: Outdoor Investigations to Connect Water to You, June 11-15 (Grades 8-10)
- Science at the Zoo, June 18-22 (Grades 8-10)
Northern Oklahoma College, Enid
- CSI: Northern Summer Academy, July 9-12 (Grades 9-12)
Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva
- Exploring the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction, June 10-16 (Grades 9-10)
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Exploring Quantitative Analysis: A Basic Introduction, June 3-16 (Grades 9-10)
- Camp T.U.R.F. – Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future, June 17-29 (Grades 9-10)
- Fired Up About Research Science and Engineering, July 22-27 (Grades 10-12)
- Smart Cars Summer Academy, July 15-20 (Grades 11-12)
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa
- Mysteries of Biomedical Science, June 25-29 (Grade 10)
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
- A Hands-On Program in Mathematics and Science, June 11-15 (Grades 8-9)
Seminole State College
- Peek Into Engineering, July 29-Aug. 3 (Grades 9-12)
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant
- Take Flight – Aviation/Science Camp 2012, June 18-22 (Grades 8-9)
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford
- SSMA: Summer Science and Mathematics Academy at SWOSU, July 16-27 (Grades 11-12)
Tulsa Community College
- MASH Camp: Connecting Math and Science to Health Careers, Session I: June 18-22, Session II: June 25-29 (Grades 10-12)
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
- Discovering Chemistry, Session I: June 11-14, Session II: June 18-21 (Grades 9-11)
University of Oklahoma, Norman
- Sky High: An Exploration of Aeronautics from the Basics and Beyond, July 16-27 (Grades 8-9)
- Field Studies in Multidisciplinary Biology, Session I: June 30-July 13, Session II: July 16-27 (Grades 9-12)
- Going Green: Partnering Five Architecture Disciplines, June 24-29 (Grades 11-12)
- Bridges to College Math, Science and Engineering, Session I: July 15-20, Session II: July 22-27 (Grades 11-12)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
- Exploring Math and Science Academy (EMSA), June 4-15 (Grade 9)
The University of Tulsa
- Technology Education and Collaborative (TEC) – A Summer Technology Academy for Eighth- and Ninth-Grade Students, July 9-14 (Grades 8-9)
- Summer Engineering Academy at The University of Tulsa for Precollege Students, June 25-29 (Grades 8-11)