2019 SUMMER ACADEMY
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CINSAM (Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics) together with three NKU Colleges are offering Summer Academies 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.  Academies are a way to make like-minded friends and have fun while exploring concepts that are beyond the lessons taught in most high-school classrooms.

Whether working in the College of Informatics’ cutting edge Cyber-Security lab, operating sophisticated scientific equipment or isolating chemical compounds to solve forensic mysteries; these summer academies will expose you to high-level subjects and experiences. Our academies will challenge you to use critical thinking and teamwork, while having fun and exploring topics that you love!
 

Student Requirements

  • High school students ( rising 9th -12th graders) graduating between 2020 and 2023.
  • Students must have a passion and enthusiasm for STEM concepts.
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to ask a teacher or mentor to submit a short letter of recommendation to cinsam@nku.edu 

 

For any questions regarding camp programming, contact CINSAM (cinsam@nku.edu)

 

Name of the Camp

Date

Time

Participants

Cost

Slots

NKU BRAIN Neuroscience Academy

June 10th-14th

12:00pm-4:00pm

Entering grades
9-12

$150.00

24

The Art of Nature Exploration

June 10th-14th  

9:00am-4:00pm

Entering grades
9-12

$300.00

15

Engineering & Technology: Design and Build Academy

June 17th-21st 

9:00am-4:00pm

Entering grades
9-12

$300.00

20

Computer Science Academy

June 24th-28th

9:00am-1:00pm

Entering grades
9-12

$150.00

24

Chemical Synthesis and Reactions in Pharmaceuticals

June 24th- 28th 

12:00pm-4:00pm

Entering grades
9-12

$150.00

20

Backyard Astronomy

July 8th-12th

*hours will vary but will start at 12:00pm*

Entering grades
9-12

$150.00

18

 

2019 Academy Descriptions

 

NKU BRAIN (Best Research Academy In Neuroscience)
June 10th-14th

Times:     12pm-4pm

Cost:       $150
Grades:    Rising 9th-12th graders
Location:  NKU Founders Hall

Can your cell phone give you a headache? Can taking a walk make you more creative? How can you prevent test anxiety? NKU BRAIN (Best Research Academy In Neuroscience) will provide opportunities for high school students to conduct experiments on the brain and behavior that are directly relevant to their personal lives. 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.

 

The Art of Nature Exploration
June 10th-14th

Time(s):   9am-4pm

Cost:       $300
Grade(s):  Rising 9th- 12th graders
Location:  NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS), 99 Harrison Ct., Melborne, KY

This week of adventure will find summer campers grades 9-12 exploring the diversity of nature by making field collections and observations of animals and plants and documenting them in both art and writing. We’ll be locating incredible insects, amazing amphibians, fantastic fish and more from wild habitats. Camp explorers will learn the biology of these animals, and then describe them in words and art. There’s no nature deficit in this camp, as most of the discoveries are  in the 150 acres of pristine wetlands and upland woods habitat associated with the NKU Research and Education Field Station in Melbourne, KY.

 

Engineering & Technology; Design and Build Academy
June 17th- 21st

Times:     9am-4pm

Cost:       $300
Grades:    Rising 9th- 12th graders
Location:  Business Academy Center

This summer academy consists of a full week of engineering related activities.  Some of the activities are: Learning about microprocessors and how to program one, using a parametric modeling software such as Solidworks and/or Inventor, design and build a part using NKUs’ Rapid Prototype machines.  Work with Robots, get familiar with basic manufacturing additive concepts, such as welding.  Create name tags using Laser cutting and Computer Numerical Control Machines, build bridge trusses.  Participants will also tour Toyota Georgetown plant and other local industries such as Mazak. 

 

Computer Science Academy
June 24th-28th

Times:     9am-1pm

Cost:       $150
Grades:    Rising 9th- 12th graders
Location:  Griffin Hall

The CS Academy will present different topics in CS (e.g., security, IT, programming) through hands-on activities with NKU Professors.  Each day will present a different topic and activity.  The camp will close out on Friday with a focus on careers in IT put on by Kroger Technology’s cybersecurity team! By the end of this academy, participants will have learned about IT as an area of study and as a potential careers!

 

Chemistry Academy: Chemical Synthesis and Reactions in Pharmaceuticals
June 24th-28th

Times:     12pm-4pm

Cost:       $150
Grades:    Rising 9th- 12th graders
Location:  NKU Science Center

Learn how the many faces of chemistry (organic, analytical, materials, biochemistry) are involved in drug design and medicinal research. This camp will expose to various synthetic, purification, and identification techniques that are routinely used in drug design. Students will carry out a variety of experiments and use research instrumentation (Scanning Electron Microscope, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, IR-Spectrometer ) to characterize  and analyze molecules. Current undergraduate students and NKU faculty will share their research endeavors as they relate to medicinal chemistry and drug design.

 

Backyard Astronomy
July 8th-12th

Time(s):   1 pm – 4 pm (plus 9pm-11pm on a few nights)

Cost:       $150
Grades:    Rising 9th- 12th graders
Location:  NKU Science Center

Learn how to view the heavens from your backyard! This academy provides an introduction to observational astronomy. Learn to navigate the night sky, tell time using the stars, and use the stars to find directions. This academy will teach you how to use binoculars and telescopes to explore the sky, as well as how to decide what type of telescope to buy. As part of this academy, you will also learn the basics of doing astrophotography with your cell phone.

Participants will receive all the equipment necessary to begin observing the sky with binoculars.

 

SPONSORS

 
Scholarships
: CINSAM Summer Camp fees remain low due in large part to sponsorship from Ashland. Additionally, this sponsorship allows CINSAM to offer scholarships to 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 on the registration form.

 

Additional Information & Questions

If you have having trouble with or need help with registration, please contact Community Connections at 859.572.5600 or connect@nku.edu.  If you have questions about the camps themselves, contact CINSAM at cinsam@nku.edu.