Summer Academies in Math, Science and Technology

2018 Academies

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Grade 8

University of Oklahoma, Norman
Starship: Exploration
Commuter
June 25-29

This academy will give 30 entering eighth-grade students a taste of solar system exploration through a series of hands-on learning opportunities. The combination of classroom instruction, field experiences and flight time in a Piper Warrior III airplane will offer students an experience that cannot be duplicated. Subject areas such as physics, space exploration, aeronautics, buoyancy and engineering will be woven together to ignite the imagination and inspire each student to explore the possibilities.

Contact: Cassie Eads, Precollegiate Programs, 405.325.6897, precollegiateprograms@ou.edu, or visit http://youth.ou.edu/summer_academies.html


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Grades 8-9

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
A Hands-On Program in Mathematics and Science
Residential
June 4-6

This academy will provide opportunities for developing skills to learn mathematics and science. Mathematical activities will include code-breaking cryptology and fractal-pattern recognition. Science experiences will include field trips, real-world technologies, rocketry and laboratory work, where students will seek to understand the natural world. The use of problem-solving ideas and project-based learning will integrate these mathematics and science experiences.

Contact: Dr. John Matsson, jmatsson@oru.edu, 918.495.6935

East Central University, Ada
You Are What You Eat: Isolation and Analysis of Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Lipids in the Biochemistry Laboratory
Residential
June 12-14

In this academy, participants will perform analytical tests in a biochemistry laboratory focusing on three major classes of biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The relation of these biomolecules to nutrition will be emphasized, as well as modern analytical techniques.

Contact: Dr. Charles Crittell, crittell@ecok.edu, 580.559.5494, or Dr. Daniel McInnes, dmcinnes@ecok.edu, 580.559.5683, or visit www.ecok.edu/youarewhatyoueat

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha
Where Does Our Food Come From and How Did It Get There?
Residential
Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: June 25-29

This academy targets students entering eighth or ninth grade who are interested in STEM topics and food. The academy will follow the progress of food from the garden to the kitchen to the pantry for a rainy day. Attendees will learn the science behind the carbonation of bread, nutrients available in food and the presence of proteins in fish samples; go on trips to local farms and food processing plants; and enjoy food-based games and movies as well as mentoring for high school and college.

Contact: Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, jloutsch@usao.edu, 405.574.1325, or download the application at https://usao.edu/directory/jeannette-loutsch (under Resources)

The University of Tulsa
Technology Education and Collaborative (TEC)
Commuter
July 9-13

This technology academy is for students interested in computers and GPS-related technologies. Students will use handheld GPS receivers for data collection at TU and during a field trip and then process the data to create interactive GIS maps. Digital cameras will be used for MovieMaker, data sets downloaded from the Internet will be used in Excel, chat rooms and journaling will be done with WebCT/Blackboard, GPS scavenger hunts and geocaches will use ArcVoyager, and presentations will be done in PowerPoint and Comic Life. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Contact: Dr. David Brown, 918.631.2719, or visit www.orgs.utulsa.edu/tec


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Grades 8-10

Cameron University, Lawton
Science Detectives Summer Academy: Crime Science Investigation at Cameron University
Commuter
May 29-June 2

This academy will provide student "scientists" with the opportunity to better understand the biology involved in forensic investigation. Students will collect evidence from a mock crime scene and learn how to process fingerprints, analyze hair samples, perform ABO blood typing and complete DNA analysis (isolation - examination). Skills taught in a state-of-the-art molecular laboratory during this camp will help students solve the mystery. Teams will present findings at the conclusion of camp. Exposure to health careers during a hospital tour and biomed exploration through Oklahoma Technology Centers will enhance this unique opportunity.

Contact: Lora Young, loray@cameron.edu, 580.581.2284, or Dr. Danyelle Lee, dalee@cameron.edu, 580 591.8009, or download the application at www.cameron.edu/xl/sdsa

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
Be an Engineer: Change the World
Commuter
June 4-8

This academy offers hands-on activities related to engineering design and applications, including power generation, electronic instrumentation and structural safety. Participants will work in teams to complete engineering activities, design projects and compete with other teams in a series of contests. Projects range from steam-powered boats and aircraft design to optimizing cost in safely negotiated bridge designs. A UCO engineering student will guide each team, while faculty members will serve as instructors. Students will also experiment with some cutting-edge technologies including printed circuit board (PCB), CNC and and 3D printing machines.

Contact: Ronald C. Miller, 405.974.5471, rmiller@uco.edu, or Abdellah Ait Moussa, 405.974.5293, aaitmoussa@uco.edu, or visit www.engineering.uco.edu/sumacad

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow
Get Green for Blue: Outdoor STEM Investigations Connecting Water to You
Commuter
June 11-14

Put on your waders, grab your nets, and let's catch those critters! Working in teams, students will learn about water quality through collecting data, analyzing the health of water bodies and determining possible solutions to water-quality problems. Come to Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow and the Rogers County Outdoor Reserve and be a part of this fun, activity-based STEM adventure!

Contact: Dr. Pamela Christol, 918.449.6539, christol@nsuok.edu, or visit www.nsuok.edu/Outreach/SummerCampsandPrograms/GetGreenforBlueCamp.aspx

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee
Emerging and Converging Technologies Summer Academy
Commuter
June 16-19

Students will apply math and science skills while participating in hands-on lab exercises in seven different programs offered at OSUIT. Participants will have the opportunity to go on the job with culinary arts, engineering technologies, visual communications, nursing, automotive, allied health sciences and air conditioning/refrigeration graduates. This experience will help students understand that a college degree will take them where they want to go.

Contact: Angie Been, angie.been@okstate.edu, or Chad Spurlock, chad.spurlock@okstate.edu, or fax 918.293.4853


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Grades 8-11

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah
Summer Robotics Academy
Commuter
June 4-8

Participants in this academy will find themselves transported to the virtual world of the Oasis, depicted in the popular book and major motion picture "Ready Player One." NSU's College of Education and Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement will immerse students in the 1980s with music, movies, food, culture and gaming to find the hidden Easter eggs - a hidden message, image, clue or secret. In their travels, they will master escape rooms and virtual reality sessions, create their own robotics, use the most emerging technologies and software, and design and program their own video games to win the final quest. Lunch, snacks and all supplies will be provided.

Contact: roboticsacademy@nsuok.edu or 918.444.3739

The University of Tulsa
Summer Engineering Academy at The University of Tulsa
Commuter
June 18-22

This academy will teach students about careers in electrical and mechanical engineering through hands-on design projects; skills workshops in soldering, machining, and troubleshooting; interactions with industry professionals; and an integrating project that will include mathematical calculation and programming. Students will present their experiences to their classes and be invited to participate in follow-up activities. The goal of the academy is to attract more Oklahoma students into engineering to meet Oklahoma technical employer needs.

Contact: Peter LoPresti, 918.631.3274, peter-lopresti@utulsa.edu


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Grade 8-12

Murray State College, Tishomingo
2018 MSC Summer College STEM Academy
Commuter
June 4-7

This academy will provide opportunities for hands-on activities that will help build interest and promote development in the STEM-related fields. The academy seeks to recruit those participants who have expressed and/or demonstrated an interest to learn more in science-, technology-, engineering- or math-related fields of study. Through work-based learning experiences including robotics, forensics, rocketry and laboratory work, the academy directors hope to instill a love for STEM-related subjects while also promoting the possible career pathways in STEM-related disciplines.

Contact: Malynda Cobb, 580.387.7101, mcobb@mscok.edu, or visit www.mscok.edu

East Central University, Ada
Explorations in Computer Science and Robotics
Residential
June 11-14

This academy will engage participants in the exciting imagination-stretching, logic-building and fun world of computer science. Students will learn programming in C, explore the endless possibilities of computer science careers and invoke their creativity and problem-solving skills by designing, building and programming autonomous robots. Living in ECU's residence halls with computer science professionals, traversing ECU's beautiful campus alongside students, as well as in-class interaction with computer science majors, will provide the opportunity to experience college life.

Contact: Mary Kay Tarver, 580.559.5593, ComputerScience@ecok.edu, or visit http://robotics.ecok.edu


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Grade 9

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Exploring Math and Science Academy (EMSA) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC)
Commuter
June 11-15

This stimulating summer experience is for rising ninth-grade students who wish to explore careers in the health sciences. EMSA will provide hands-on laboratory and classroom activities for students that will enrich their math and science knowledge as it applies to the health sciences. In addition, students will conduct community health projects through field trips around the OUHSC campus. The academy will operate from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For a closer look into EMSA at OUHSC, watch this video: https://youtu.be/Jc8Oj0Dd3TA.

Contact: Leah Thompson, 405.271.2390, leah-thompson@ouhsc.edu, or visit www.ouhsc.edu/communitypartnership


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Grades 9-10

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Camp TURF (Tomorrow's Undergraduates Realizing the Future)
Residential
June 3-15

This academy will provide students with the opportunity to interact with professors and explore a variety of careers in horticulture and landscape architecture, with hands-on activities such as cloning, grafting, filming an Oklahoma Gardening segment for television, drawing landscape symbols, building a model residential landscape, assembling irrigation systems and creating dish gardens. Helpful sessions about college admission, financial aid and career aptitudes will be interspersed throughout the academy. Evening and recreational activities are also planned.

Contact: Dr. Shelley Mitchell, shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu, 405.744.5755, or download the application at www.hortla.okstate.edu/camp-turf

University of Oklahoma, Norman
Collaborate, Create, Construct! Innovation Shaping the Built Environment
Commuter
June 11-15

This academy offers 30 rising ninth- and 10th-grade students an opportunity to explore the disciplines in the University of Oklahoma's College of Architecture. The academy will introduce students to an interdisciplinary study of the built environment by incorporating the disciplines of architecture, interior design and construction science. Program participants will have classes on the OU campus each day. Students from the College of Architecture will assist the academy students in order to facilitate collaborative interaction with students representing the disciplines associated with the College of Architecture.

Contact: Cassie Eads, 405.325.6897, precollegiateprograms@ou.edu, or visit http://youth.ou.edu/summer_academies.html

University of Oklahoma, National Weather Center, Norman
Oklahoma Mesonet: Mostly Weather With a Chance of Fun
Commuter
June 18-22

This academy will provide 30 students the opportunity to learn about atmospheric interactions from fronts to thunderstorm development, how data are collected, and how to analyze weather maps. Students will be exposed to meteorology careers including operational forecasters from NOAA's National Weather Service offices, field researchers, television broadcasters and the emergency management community.

Contact: Cassie Eads, 405.325.6897, precollegiateprograms@ou.edu, or visit http://youth.ou.edu/summer_academies.html

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Exploring the Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction and Bonding Processes
Residential
June 24-30

This academy will use animals as tools to teach scientific concepts, mathematics and enhanced health care for humans. Students will apply their learning through hands-on experiences, workshops and real human-animal interactions by visiting assisted living centers, child care centers, animal shelters, and police and law enforcement working dog demonstrations and by teaching a dog bite prevention workshop to young children. Students will develop innovative and creative ways of solving environmental and wildlife issues by observing science in action and applying mathematical concepts during a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Students will learn other therapeutic values of animals and responsibilities of service animals to assist individuals who require mobility support and assistance accessing public facilities.

Contact: Dr. Sherril M. Stone, sherril.stone@okstate.edu, 918.636.7214, or Dr. Penny Cantley, penny.cantley@okstate.edu, or download the application at https://education.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/outreach/summer_academy_application.pdf


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Grade 9-11

Tulsa Community College
MASH (Math and Science Health Careers Camp)
Commuter
June 18-22

During this academy, campers will participate in a series of stimulating, hands-on learning activities including experimentation with DNA extraction, blood typing, trauma care and suturing. Students will apply math and science skills used in health careers. MASH Camp provides students the opportunity to make informed decisions about college, play the role of various health care professionals and be provided the tools to take full advantage of their high school education. MASH Camp will be held at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Deadline for application submission is April 20.

Contact: Libby Adjei, 918.595.2020, diversityoutreach@tulsacc.edu, or apply online at www.tulsacc.edu/mash


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Grades 9-12

Cameron University, Lawton
NanoExplorers:  A High School Summer Science Academy
Residential
June 3-9

This academy will feature participation by 24 highly motivated and talented Oklahoma high school students. The academy will introduce students to those concepts necessary to understand why very small systems exhibit unique behavior. Students will engage in hands-on activities in imaging and manipulating nanostructures, both "top down" and "bottom up" approaches to making nanostructures and devices based on nanotechnology. The activities will be designed to introduce the concept of nanotechnology and will include applications in chemistry and physics as well as information about career opportunities related to nanotechnology.

Contact: Dr. E. Ann Nalley, annn@cameron.edu, 580.581.2889

Seminole State College
Peek Into Engineering
Residential
July 29-Aug. 3

During this academy, teams of students will design and assemble underwater remote-operated vehicles. Participants will also be exposed to simple electronic circuitry, concepts of buoyancy and electromagnetic fields. Activities will expose participants to aerospace, computer, electrical, material, mechanical and bio-engineering.  Field trips will be taken to Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma and, possibly, an engineering facility such as Enviro Systems Inc. Competitions will be held throughout the academy.

Contact: 405.382.9217 or visit www.sscok.edu/PIEAcademy/PIEMainPg.htm

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
CSI Academy
Commuter
Aug. 1-5

This academy is a bridge program to promote STEM career exploration and college aspiration. The academy will feature an innovative and experiential learning curriculum by serving 36 Oklahoma high school students. Academy participants will have opportunities to interact with FBI agents and other crime-fighting professionals. Guided tours will include Edmond Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Forensics Science Institute. Hands-on activities will include crime scene investigations, DNA databases, biometrics (e.g., fingerprints), forensic analytics and immersive simulation. Participants will use avatars to role play and interview suspects and to solve modern-day crimes in simulated learning environments.

Contact: Dr. Joselina Cheng, jchengcsi@gmail.com, or visit http://busn.uco.edu/CSI-academy


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Grades 10-12

Langston University, Langston
Langston University Intensive Academy for Math, Science, and Technology for Grades 10-12
Residential
June 3-16

This academy is for 18 aspiring mathematicians, scientists and engineers. The focus will be on improving students' appreciation for and enrollment in Oklahoma core curricula through intense, positive experiences in mathematics, chemistry, biology, engineering technology, and preparation for success. Oklahoma core curricula, ACT preparation, scholarships, and undergraduate and graduate school matriculation will be addressed. Experiences will incorporate cutting-edge technologies that support hands-on activities and innovative teaching and learning.

Contact: Dr. Alonzo F. Peterson, afpeterson@langston.edu, 405.466.3419, or visit www.langston.edu/math-and-science-academy

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
It's a Polymer Life: Polymers of Everyday Life Summer Academy
Residential
June 13-15

This academy offers students the opportunity to make polymers and to measure and understand the properties of polymers and why polymers are used in everyday life - from packaging to automobile parts to artificial organs to bulletproof vests. In addition, students will learn in the laboratory about dyeing different types of polymers - from natural (cotton) to synthetic (polyester/nylon) - and how the polymers' properties affect the dyeing process. Students will also explore the science of baking and experience college life. This is a partnership with OSU College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Institutional Diversity.

Contact: Dr. Jovette Dew, 405.744.5335, jovette.dew@okstate.edu


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Grades 11-12

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford
Southwestern Summer Science and Mathematics Academy
Residential
June 10-15

This academy is designed to give 32 high school juniors and seniors a weeklong experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is designed to motivate students toward pursuing higher education and careers in STEM disciplines. SSMA will be located on the SWOSU campus with participants living in dormitories, dining in cafeteria, and taking classes in a variety of science, math and communications content. Laboratory, field experiences and team activities will enhance the participants' problem-solving skills.

Contact: Dr. Brian D. Campbell, 580.774.3118, brian.campbell@swosu.edu


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