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Summer Program: Gateway Academy

Building Rockets at Gateway AcademyParents, teachers, businesses and community groups in Eagle River, Wisconsin are collaborating with the SME Education Foundation and partner Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in bringing the Gateway Academy and its world of engineering summer camps to Northland Pines High School. The co-ed, week long Gateway Academy program introduces 6th – 8th grade students to the basics of engineering in a fun and exciting environment. PLTW-certified instructors lead students in projects and activities related to engineering disciplines.

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Summer Camps: Columbus, OH. All ages

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The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH, offers several summer science and engineering camps for kids of all ages. Teens can explore amusement park technology, robotics, and video games. Pre-teens can explore planet Earth, aeronautics, and animal adaptations. Even the little ones can dig for dinos, visit a local watershed, and build and launch boats.

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Summer Program: Middle School Girls. U. Michigan. June 21-25

Girls in Science and Engineering, a program for Middle School girls at the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan (June 21-25), focuses on fun and challenging hands-on activities. Campers elect a Focus Project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (e.g. chemistry, computer science, engineering, human genetics, physics, and robotics). Afternoons are spent with hands-on science and engineering activities, including group collaborative competitions, touring dynamic UM labs, and learning about science and engineering careers. Application deadline: April 16, 2010. Cost: $300.

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Competition: Siemens Change the World Challenge


The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives students the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become agents of change. Through March 15, 2010, elementary and middle school classes across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their classroom or school. Top prizes will include a chance to appear on TV, a grant for the sponsoring school, a trip to New York City for the teacher, and more.

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Girls Summer Camp: U. Illinois


U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s G.A.M.E.S is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented middle-school girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields. Application opens Feb. 1

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