STEM (science & technology) programs: Summer 2015

ASM Materials Camp for Teachers

The ASM Materials Camp for Teachers will provide background and materials for teaching materials science using a problem based learning approach. The ASM Materials Camp Program uses a "hands-on," "minds-on," curriculum in which teachers do a full set of experiments involving metals, ceramics, polymers, glass, and composite materials. Master Teachers, who have taught these subjects for several years, provide examples and share their experiences while monitoring the participants. Teachers are given supplies to take back to their classrooms so that they can repeat experiments with their students.

Dates: July 20-24

Contact: Edward Evans, at 330-972-8292 or

Program costs: Free


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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 20-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: Lorrin Calderon, at 330-972-7653 or

Program costs: $200 (includes all lunches, supplies and camp t-shirt)

Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers

Hands-on-learning about new lesson plans developed in The University of Akron Research Experience for Teachers Program in Polymers.

The University of Akron Research Experience for Teachers Site in Computer Science and Engineering is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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Dates: July 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: John Fellenstein, at 330-972-6334 or

Program costs: Free. Participants receive free classroom materials and lesson plans. Lunch will be provided.

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 Readinessfor 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.

Dates: June 8 - August 7

Program costs: 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 2015 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 at The University of Akron

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