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Think Tank to Shark Tank  [Registration Closed]

Registration is now open for our award-winning summer day camp for youth in grades 6-9 from July 8-12 (9:00 am-3:30 pm).

Youth compete in team design challenges, applying learning in principles of entrepreneurship and engineering, and pitch their innovations to area business leaders. Expert faculty in engineering, business, and education work alongside camp counselors to meet the unique learning needs of youth. Outside of touring area businesses, youth gain valuable experience using 3D printers and software, and digital video production, in a state-of-the-art MakerStudio. Camp registration is $250 and includes all lunches, supplies, trips, and a camp t-shirt.

Limited scholarships are available, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2018-19 Programming

Workshop Title Date and Time

Youth Summer Camp: Think Tank to Shark Tank

  • Registration Closed
July 8-12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Teacher Institute: Entrepreneurship & STEM Education

  • Registration Closed
July 22-26, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Teacher Institute:  Summer 2019

2018 Visit to Bounce

July 22-26 (9:00 am - 2:30 pm)
and Nov. 9 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)

This year's institute focuses on entrepreneurship and STEM education, and is open to all middle and high school educators. During the institute, educations will:

  • Gain resources and understandings to design and implement a classroom instructional unit where learners leverage entrepreneurial and financial literacy concepts and skills to plan and design a product or service.
  • Gain in-demand literacies in economics (financial literacy and entrepreneurship) and STEM in order to design an innovative product or service that can be taken to market.
  • Outside of using a fabrication lab to build a prototype, teacher participants construct a business plan and marketing materials to be presented to area business leaders in a “Shark Tank” which takes place the final day of the institute. During the institute, participants visit local businesses and are mentored by area entrepreneurs.

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