Camps & youth programs: Summer 2014

Think Tank to Shark Tank: From Engineering to Entrepreneurship

Sponsor: The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education

The week begins with campers investigating pressing societal problems that communities and consumers face. After exploring these “pain points," students work together to brainstorm potential solutions. Each day of the week campers work with experienced faculty, area teachers, and university students to design and market their product- all leading to the opportunity to perfect their pitch in front of a “Shark Tank," or, a team of area business leaders. The final day of the camp includes a special exhibition of student work where families, friends, and community members celebrate the accomplishments of our campers.

Dates: July 21-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: Will McSuley,

Program costs: $150 (student scholarships are available)

Pre-Professional Summer Dance Intensive

Sponsor: Dance Institute

The University's Dance Institute's pre-professional ballet-based program offers summer dance training for students age 7 through high school. The 3-week schedule for Intermediate and Advanced students includes classes in ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, modern, jazz and tap. The 2-week schedule for Beginner students includes classes in ballet, modern and jazz and tap. An optional Summer Afternoon Arts Camp is available for Beginner students, supplementing and enhancing their morning dance training with visual and theatre arts classes.

Dates: Intermediate and Advanced Summer Intensive, June 16 - July 3 Beginner Summer Intensive and Afternoon Arts Camp, June 18 - July 1

Program costs: Fees vary by level.

Details: Dance Institute website

Registration: Contact the Dance Institute office. Placement required for students with previous training.

Contact: Dance Institute, 330-972-7949 or

Summer Introductory Dance Classes for Children

Sponsor: Dance Institute

Storybook Dance (ages 3-5) is a fun and creative introduction to the integration of dance and music in which children combine basic motor skills with their imaginations through directed activity and the magic of words and pictures to explore the world of movement. Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7) is an introduction to basic ballet vocabulary and positions of the arms and legs through which children begin to experience dance conceptually and technically through the development of simple movement sequencing. Pre-Tap (ages 5-7) introduces children to the placement of weight and movement of the foot that creates the basic sounds and rhythms of tap dance.

Dates: Saturday morning session for Storybook Dance, Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap, May 31, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 (5 classes) Monday and Wednesday evening session for Pre-Ballet, July 7 – August (10 classes)

Program costs: Fees vary by session.

Details: Dance Institute website

Register: Contact the Dance Institute office.

Contact: Dance Institute, 330-972-7949 or

For toddlers to 11 year olds:
Academic-oriented camps

UA's Center for Child Development is taking registrations for its Summer Enrichment programs. The camps have been developed to allow toddlers (21 months) through 11-year olds to develop and expand their academic skills during the summer.

Camp Owlet a program for Toddlers. This program meets the needs of growing children (21 months and up) and facilitates social-skill development

Camp Wise, a program for the older campers aged 5-11 explores The University of Akron. Campers take weekly outings to bowl, swim and explore campus. The camp maintains academic skills through the STEAM-based curriculum to explore the Arts and Science. A special LEGO camp during the second week of camp is included.

Camp Wise Jr., a program for pre-school aged children that takes campers is modeled on the Camp Wise program, taking students through the University of Akron with a series of walks and outdoor activities. Academic skills are advanced through a STEAM-based curriculum exploring the Arts and Sciences. A Lego Camp is also included.

Let’s Explore Akron will take our student campers around downtown and near downtown Akron exploring the sites and sounds of our urban home from Canal Park to the Akron Art Museum.

An Enrichment Transition Program for Kindergarten Readiness for pre-K and K levels only. Student campers are allowed to apply the skills previously learned at home or at school with the opportunity to practice math, literacy and technology skills.

The Arts Academy (ages 5-11) sparks creativity and self-expression. Small group instruction lets campers work in a variety of art mediums.

Camp Digi-Lit (ages 5-11) encourages and inspires a future generation of readers, writers, learners and thinkers! Campers gain an enhanced understanding of literacy and technology and are taught by instructors from the UA Center for Literacy.

Pricing: All-inclusive camp fees (including meals and any event costs) range from $205 to $235 per week with multi camp, early bird and sibling discounts available. Campers receive a 2014 OWL camper t-shirt, a draw-string sack pack as well as various craft items throughout the camp season.

Questions? Contact Sophia Kraus, at 330-972-8210 or

Summer Experience in Engineering for Girls (SEE UA!)

Sponsor: The Women in Engineering Program of The College of Engineering

SEE UA! camp at the University of Akron is an engaging one-week residential summer camp for high school girls entering the 9th through 12th grades in fall 2014. The camp immerses the girls into biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Each day is comprised of fun-filled hands-on engineering activities in the morning that are led by our talented faculty, followed by dynamic tours of local engineering firms and then campus-wide activities in the evening. The campers also spend the week working as a team on an engineering design project or research project and then compete against other camp teams at the end of the week.

Campers live in residence housing located on campus where the resident assistants are upperclass engineering students. While there, the girls can experience the life of a college student while exploring various engineering disciplines available at The University of Akron. Day camp is available for students that have evening obligations.

Residential camp drop off is June 15 at 4 p.m. and pick up on June 20.

Day camp times: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. June 16-June 19.

Pick up for all residential and day campers is between 2:30-4 p.m. on June 20.

Residential Camp: June 15- June 20.

Day Camp: June 16- June 20.

Cost: $460. Day Camp: $270.

Register online. Registration open until March 31.

Contact: Heidi Cressman, 330-972-7701

Multiplying Your Options Summer Camp for Middle School Girls (MYO!)

Sponsor: The Women in Engineering Program in The College of Engineering

Multiplying Your Options (MYO) camp at the University of Akron is a one week summer day camp for girls entering the seventh and eighth grades in the fall of 2014 that introduces the girls to biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Each day is comprised of hands-on engineering activities in the morning led by our talented faculty and is followed by dynamic tours of local engineering firms in the afternoon. The students also spend the week working as a team, designing an edible car and competing against other student teams at the end of the week.

Camp dates: Monday, June 23 - Friday, June 27, 2014

Camp times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration: March 1st, 2013-March 31st, 2014 (no exceptions)

Cost: $150

Contact: Heidi Cressman, 330-972-7701 or

Lunch and all transportation and materials fees are included in the cost of this camp.

ASM Materials Camp

BioInnovation AcademySponsor: College of Engineering (NCERCAMP in conjunction with ASM International)

Who should attend? High school general science, chemistry, physics, math and technology teachers. Also, middle school physical science teachers

Why attend? Learn how to engage your students using simple, low-cost experiments that you can integrate into your existing lesson plans. Help your students discover career opportunities in science and engineering.

Dates: July 21-25, 2014

Cost: Free! Includes 4 CEUs, materials, lunches & snacks


Contact: Jeane Deatherage or 1-800-336-5152 ext. 5533 or

Austen BioInnovation Summer Academy

Sponsor: Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) is proud to announce the return of the BioInnovation Academy this summer. This week-long, totally immersive summer program focused on innovation and biomedicine is for high school students, entering grades 9 -12, interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. The BioInnovation Academy is designed to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and medical professionals by encouraging critical thinking, problem solving skills and community outreach.

Dates: Two sessions, June 16-20 and July 14-18

Cost: $750. Scholarships available.


Contact: Maurice Thomas, 330-572-7544 or

Soccer Camps for Boys and Girls

Akron soccer campAkron men's soccer won the 2010 national championship and has sent many players to the pros. Now you can be a part of this winning team by participating in one of our summer camps.

Parents and coaches say how players who attended the Akron Soccer Camp have come back with their skills improved, their understanding of the game increased and their enthusiasm for the game renewed.

Men's soccer summer camps.

Women's soccer summer camps

2014 Keith Dambrot Basketball Camps

Graduate at commencement. Sponsor: Athletics: Men's Basketball

The men's basketball program is offering five weeks of summer camps for kids of all ages. We will host two weeks of the Basketball School, a day camp for all grades, and two weeks of our Offensive Skills Camp, which is broken up by grades with limited availability. New this year is our Guard Academy, which is for kids entering grades 5-7. Multiple discounts available including an employee discount. Call 7781 for more information.


  • Zips Basketball School, June 16-19 and July 21-24
  • Offensive Skills Camp, June 23-26 and July 7-10
  • Guard Academy, Aug. 4-6

Cost: Varies by camp. See site for details.


Contact: Amanda Baird, 330-972-7781 or

Confucius Institute Chinese Summer Camp

Sponsor: Confucius Institute

Learn Chinese language, art, history, sports, calligraphy and more during Chinese Summer Camp July 14 - 18 at The University of Akron campus. Chinese Summer Camp is open to students grades 7-12 and cost is $100 per camper space is limited so register early.

The camp is open to all students grades 7-12. Students do not have to have previous study in Chinese.

Dates: July 14 - 18

Cost: $100 per camper

Website: Confucius Institute

Registration: Contact the Confucius Institute to register.

Contact: Nancy Easterling, 330-972-2013 or

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