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!
As we ease out of pandemic restrictions, we are offering a more modest line-up of in-person and virtual options for summer 2021. Register now to start planning a summer of fun and learning.
|Name of Academy||Mode||Dates||Time||Grades
|BRAIN (Best Research Academy in Neuroscience)||In-person||June 14th - 18th
||1:00 - 4:00 pm||10th - 12th
|The Art of Nature Exploration
||In-person||June 14th - 18th
||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||7th - 9th
|Beginners Cybersecurity Academy
||Virtual||July 13th - 15th
||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||9th - 12th
|June 14-18, 2021||1:00 - 4:00 pm||In-person*||10th - 12th||$105||20
||June 1, 2021|
This academy will be held in FH 198 and FH 150, which are twin laboratories originally designed with six octagonal benches seating four students each. They were reconfigured in Fall 2020 to seat two students with appropriate social distancing, allowing a maximum of 12 students in each lab.
Each lab bench contains one bottle of 70% alcohol to clean surfaces before and after lab sessions. Students are also provided with nitrile gloves and disposable masks if needed before entering the lab.
Food and drinks are not permitted in any NKU research or teaching laboratory, so masks would not be removed during BRAIN academy activities. Students needing to consume food or beverages during the Academy will be instructed to use the amphitheater area of the HIC, and an NKU student lab assistant will accompany them to ensure social distancing is maintained while face masks are not in place.
A welcome video will be made to review the safety procedures and expectations specific to the BRAIN academy. I am assuming all students taking part in the BRAIN academy and their parents will sign an agreement to comply with all Healthy@NKU guidelines as well as lab safety requirements or face dismissal from the academy.
|June 14-18, 2021||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||In-person*
||7th - 9th
||$250||15||June 1, 2021|
Campers in The Art of Nature Exploration CINSAM Summer Camp will participate in outdoor and indoor activities from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day at the NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS). To avoid the spread of COVID-19, and protect campers, instructors, and staff, everyone will be required (mandatory) to wear masks for the entirety or the camp with the exceptions of times when eating or drinking take place. Even during those times of eating and drinking, we advise that masks be used when not directly consuming food or drinking. Campers are advised to bring more than one mask to camp in case one becomes wet and uncomfortable to use. Campers that refuse to wear their mask during the camp when asked by the instructors or staff will have their parents contacted to pick them up and will not be able to return for the remainder of that day.
At REFS we have a large open-air shed building where social distancing can be maintained when working in these semi-indoor conditions. Use of restrooms in the main REFS facility will be one at a time, and social distancing will be maintained when in that building where hand washing can take place. An outdoor hose can also be used for hand washing. Hand sanitizer will be available to use in both the shed and the main facility. Campers are advised to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use. Campers will also be encouraged to wash hands several times throughout the day. To prevent sanitizer chemical transfer to animals we may collect for observation, nitrile gloves will be used by campers during these activities. Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible during field activities.
If campers feel ill at all during the week they should remain at home until they feel better and should not attend until the day after they regain their health. If there are special health concerns, these should be provided to CINSAM prior to the first day of camp. We will be in natural environments, and a range of habitats. As such, we may encounter poison ivy, mosquitos, wood ticks, bees and wasps as organisms that occupy those same habitats. We will advise on what poison ivy is looks like, and encourage the use of insect repellent. Still, there are unknown occurrences of these organisms. If the camper has any allergies to bee/wasp stings, they should bring an EpiPen and instructors need to know of these allergies. We have Tech Nu poison ivy cleanser if campers think they have had contact with poison ivy, but campers are encouraged to shower after each camp to clean their body of any oils that they might have been exposed to. As part of showering, campers should check their body for wood ticks that might have gotten onto their clothing from field work. These are precautionary tasks to ensure campers don’t suffer from poison ivy rash or wood ticks attaching to the skin.
|July 13-15, 2021||9:00 am - 4:00 pm||Virtual
||9th - 12th
||July 7, 2021|
To ensure a safe, fun, and educational summer together during our in-person programs, the following COVID-19 protocol has been developed for use across all CINSAM Summer Programs.
Campers will be asked to keep their masks on for the duration of the summer programs, except when eating or drinking (for full day camps only). Disposable masks will be provided if needed. For the full day camps, we ask that lunch is socially distanced, with six (6) feet in between each camper while eating/drinking. Campers will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the start of each activity and wash their hands regularly. Programs will utilize cohorts to group students into smaller groups (4-6 people) to complete activities. Materials and workspaces will be sanitized between cohorts and social distancing will be maintained throughout the program.
We ask that parents monitor their children prior to arriving to camp each day. If your child or anyone in your household is feeling ill, has a fever, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days), please keep children at home and visit the CDC website for more instructions.
In addition to monitoring your children, before you arrive each day, we ask that you complete the self-screening questionnaire through the Healthy@NKU app or webpage. We will also have temperature checks at drop off for each day of camp. These will be completed at the car when you drop off. If a student presents with a fever of 100.4℉ or higher, you must take them back home with you, as they will not be permitted to stay on campus.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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, you will receive a full refund minus the $25 non-refundable registration fee. Cancellations after the standard registration date are non-refundable.
Registration for 2020 academies will open in February 2020.
For an idea of the types of academies we offer, see below for the summer 2019 academy lineup.