Summer Academies are designed specifically for high school students looking to deepen their content knowledge, prepare for future classes and bolster their resume in preparation for college applications. Our academies will challenge you to use critical thinking and teamwork, while having fun and exploring topics that you love!
Academy registration for summer 2022 is now open! Register today to start planning a summer of fun and learning.
|Name of Academy||Dates||Time||Grades
|NASA Mission Academy
||June 6th - 10th||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||9 - 12||$315
|The Many Faces of Chemistry Academy*||June 20th - 24th||9:00 am - 1:00 pm||9 - 12||$180|
|BRAIN (Best Research Academy in Neuroscience)*||June 20th - 24th
||12:00 - 4:00 pm||9 - 12
|Beginners' Cybersecurity Academy (hybrid format)||June 27th - July 1st||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||9 - 12||$315|
*BRAIN and The Many Faces of Chemistry Academy overlap in timing but students may participate in both; in fact, we encourage it. The lunch period experiences will be coordinated.
NOTE: There are two summer camps that apply to 9th graders. Visit the Summer Camps webpage for more information on The Art of Nature Exploration Camp and Secrets of the Sky Camp.
Making of a Mission: Produce a NASA Mission Planetarium Show
Are you interested in space? Do you follow NASA? Have you ever thought about producing a documentary about NASA missions? Join this academy to produce a planetarium show about a NASA mission. Learn from NASA experts and planetarium experts as you work in teams to develop planetarium shows about one of three NASA missions.
Learn how the many faces of chemistry (organic, analytical, inorganic, forensics, and biochemistry) are involved in making our world a safer, healthier, and more enjoyable place to live. This camp will expose students to:
Students will carry out a variety of experiments and use cutting edge research instrumentation (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, UV-vis spectroscopy, GC/MS, IR-Spectrometer) to characterize and analyze molecules. In addition, current undergraduate students and NKU faculty will share their research endeavors. Students will also be exposed to a variety of career options in the chemistry field.
NOTE: The Many Faces of Chemistry Academy and BRAIN overlap in timing but students may participate in both; in fact, we encourage it! The lunch period experiences will be coordinated.
How does your cell phone affect your attention span? Is your left brain or right brain more active during stress? How can you prevent test anxiety? NKU BRAIN will provide opportunities for high school students to conduct neuroscience experiments that are directly relevant to their personal lives, including learning how to conduct EEGs. Participants will get hands-on experience dissecting and quantifying differences in animal brains, from fruit flies to humans. They will also use NKU’s Neuroscience teaching and research labs to develop and conduct neurochemistry, neuroanatomy and neurobehavior experiments under the supervision of the NKU Director of Neuroscience.
NOTE: BRAIN and The Many Faces of Chemistry Academy overlap in timing but students may participate in both; in fact, we encourage it! The lunch period experiences will be coordinated.
As a beginners' cybersecurity academy for high school students, this NKU CINSAM hybrid* program will immerse participants in an intensive five-day cybersecurity, education-based, experiential learning, and professional development experience. The aim is to provide participants with an introductory knowledge base and initial set of resources on cybersecurity education. The program goals are:
The camp curriculum will be designed, developed and delivered by an experienced NKU faculty member, who specializes in cybersecurity education and outreach.
*Please note this is a HYBRID camp with three days of virtual instruction and two days of in-person instruction.
Multiple Registrations: If you are registering multiple students, please create a new account with a unique email address for each individual student.
Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for low-income students who meet the requirements for the "Free & Reduced Meal" programs in KY, IN, and OH. Parents have the option to apply for a scholarship during the registration process.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: If you cancel before the standard registration date (two weeks before the start of the program), you will receive a full refund minus the $25 non-refundable registration fee. Cancellations after the standard registration date are non-refundable.
Registration for 2023 academies will open in February 2023.
For an idea of the types of academies we offer, see below for the summer 2022 academy lineup.