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Arizona youth university 2017

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Experience a wide variety of The University of Arizona’s summer camps with Arizona Youth University (AYU). Our summer enrichment programs offer exciting day camps for children grades 3-8th spanning a range of STEM education subjects.. Additionally, we offer several auxiliary programs with focuses ranging from linguistic and cultural studies to academic success to specialized sports training. 


Schedule

Looking to plan out your family's summer? Click here for a visual schedule of this summer's Arizona Youth University offerings.

 

Camp Descriptions

Robotics 101
Camps Available for Grades: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

This hands-on camp will introduce students to the exciting field of Robotics. Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT modular robot system, campers will complete a series of team-based “design, build, and program” challenges including:

  • Construction of LEGO battle bots
  • Designing and building a robot that responds to external stimulus using touch, light, and ultrasonic sensors
  • Designing and building a soccer bot
  • Designing and building an ultrasonic imaging bot

Basic mechanical engineering and programming concepts will be covered throughout the course. Family and friends will be invited to campus to see their student participate in a robotics team competition at the end of the week. T-shirts and certificates will be provided.

Please note: This program is designed for students who have little to no prior experience in Robotics or Programming.
 

NASA Engineering Design Workshop
Camps Available for Grades: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Calling all future engineers! In this fun, hands-on camp, students will learn about the Engineering Design Process and compete in a series of team-based design challenges including:

  • Designing and building a functional model Martian buggy
  • Designing and deploying a model satellite that can pass a 1 meter drop test
  • Engineering a prototype Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV)
  • Launching a pneumatic rocket and more!

Students will learn about various careers and subfields of Engineering. The week will conclude with an Open House where family and friends are invited to campus to check out student designs. T-shirts and certificates will be provided.

Please note: this program is designed for students with limited exposure to engineering design.
 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy
Camps Available for Grades: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Do you want to learn to design bridges? Energy efficient homes?  Develop methods of obtaining clean drinking water? In Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy, student will participate on project-based activities that apply the principals of engineering and biologic sciences to real world problems through hands-on activities including:

  • Exploring the destructive powers of water
  • Designing and building a water filtration system
  • Building a functioning solar water heater
  • Exploring and designing structures to survive natural disasters
  • Designing and building balsa tower and bridge structures

The week will conclude with an Open House where family and friends are invited to campus to view student projects. Camp T-shirts and certificates will be provided.
 

Bioengineering Bootcamp
Camps Available for Grades: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Explore the basics of Bioengineering! Through hands-on activities, students will learn how bioengineers combine their knowledge of biology, chemistry and engineering to create solutions to help people live healthier lives. Activities include:

  • Exploring the biology of blood
  • Designing and constructing prosthetic limbs
  • Exploring and modeling human heart valves
  • Developing and testing new methods for mending broken bones

Students will learn about various careers and subfields of Bioengineering. The week will conclude with an Open House where family and friends are invited to campus to view student projects. T-shirts and certificates will be provided.

Please note: this program is designed for students with limited exposure to engineering design.
 

SAT Test Prep Course
Camp Available for Grades: 9-12

Gain a competitive edge in the college admissions and scholarship processes by learning key test-taking strategies and reviewing required content knowledge for the SAT. This course begins with students taking a pre-test to assess exam strengths and weaknesses, continues with 20 hours of instruction on the Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics sections of the SAT, and culminates with a post-test.

Our instructors offer daily office hours and are available to work one-on-one with students who would like additional review. The course fee includes the textbook and all supplementary materials. This course is offered in conjunction with the THINK TANK at the University of Arizona, which provides academic support services for UA students. 
 

ACT Test Prep Course
Camp Available for Grades: 9-12

Gain a competitive edge in the college admissions and scholarship processes by learning key test-taking strategies and reviewing required content knowledge for the ACT. This course begins with students taking a pre-test to assess exam strengths and weaknesses, continues with 20 hours of instruction on the English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing sections of the ACT, and culminates with a post-test.

Our instructors offer daily office hours and are available to work one-on-one with students who would like additional review. The course fee includes the textbook and all supplementary materials. This course is offered in conjunction with the THINK TANK at the University of Arizona, which provides academic support services for UA students. 
 

Chinese Star
Camp Available for Grades: K-12

To better meet the increased needs of children and youth in learning and improving their Chinese language skills and sharing the Chinese culture, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Chinese Culture Center will continue to offer Chinese Star language and culture summer day-camp in 2017 through the Arizona Youth University. Students will have an enriched curriculum of Chinese language, as well as special instruction in Chinese martial arts, Chinese music, cooking & cuisine, games & crafts, singing & dancing, calligraphy, and much more. 

“Traveling in China” will be the camp's theme to provide students a memorable experience of China’s rich cultural heritage and Modern China. Meanwhile, students will be immersed in the Chinese language. The exceptional instructional team includes professors, experienced teachers, professional musicians, artists, and Kungfu masters. Lunch, snack, instruments and class supplies will be provided

The Science of Language
Camp Available for Grades: 9-11

Language is an integral part of life. In linguistics, we study language scientifically in order to understand the physical, cognitive, neurological and psychological properties of human language.

Students will develop analytical skills, learn about the scientific method and hypothesis testing, brain imaging, improve SAT vocabulary skills, and discover the linguistic and cultural history of Arizona.

 

Excell Tri Coaching Camp
Camps Available for Grades: 1-9

Do your children want to learn more about the multi-sport of Triathlon?  This booming sport is so much more than just swimming, biking and running - Triathlon is a lifelong sport that will translate to a lifestyle of healthy living, help build confidence, assist with discipline & focus, and teach sportsmanship.

The June Camp will be for ages 8-14, for campers who are confident with swimming, biking, and running and would like to learn to do the sport of Triathlon.

The July Camp will be for ages 7-12 and is geared towards kids who know the basics of swimming, biking and running but could use some assistance to improve their skills and feel more confident with each discipline.    

Each of our camps ends with an option to do a local youth race on the Saturday following the end of camp.  Our partner, Race Oro Valley, is offering all the campers a special $30 entry fee.  We would love to see all our triathletes use their new skills at a local race, but this is NOT a requirement to partake in the camp.

 

Camp Scrubs
Camp Available for Grades: 7-8

Do you have a middle school student interested in science, technology, or math? Are they interested in teaching or helping others? Nursing may be their career path! Registered Nurses provide care for patients in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, homes, clinics, helicopters, planes, and in disaster locations. Nurses are always in demand and have opportunities to work anywhere in the country.

Join Banner University Medical Center-Tucson Campus for Camp Scrubs, a week-long look at the many roles in which nurses function while caring for patients. Campers will shadow nurses on patient care units and learn about the important work nurses do. They will learn first-aid skills and become certified in CPR. What an exciting way to spend a summer week!  Campers must be entering the 7th or 8th grade in the fall. Enrollment limited to 20 campers. 

 

Worlds of Antiquity
Camp Available for Grades: 7-10

Have you ever wanted to be a gladiator, an archeologist, or a mythical creature? Then come to Mt. Olympus and experience the glories of two of the world's greatest and most influential cultures! This camp introduces middle- and high-school students to many different aspects of Greek and Roman antiquity, including classical Latin, ancient Greek, mythology, food, art, and history.

Students will decorate their own Greek vases, excavate for buried archeological remains, create illuminated manuscripts, design mosaics, and learn Greek and Latin etymologies. There will be numerous field trips, including tours of museum collections and a private viewing of the medieval manuscripts in the Special Collections wing of the UA Library.

Campers can bring their own lunch or buy it under supervision at the Student Union, except for the last day of camp when there will be an archeological excavation and Roman banquet!

 

Scholarship opportunities

Some AYU camps are eligible for scholarships from the College of Education. Please see the individual camp listings here (beginning on Page 2) to see if the camp(s) you are interested in are eligible. Click here for the scholarship application.

 

CAMP INFORMATION

Further details can be found under each session page. Upon registration, you will receive paperwork that is to be completed before your child(ren)'s first week of camp. Please contact Allison Brown, Assistant Director for Youth and Activities, at allisonbrown@email.arizona.edu or (520) 621-0048.