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Summer Camps in 2019 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2019:

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Academies for Young Minds

These camps, designed for those who entered 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2018, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

Multiple camps are planned for the spring of 2019 — both full-day and half-day in duration. For half-day camps, students can choose to attend either a morning or afternoon session or two different camps on the same day.

Please be sure to check the grade levels associated with each camp, since not all camps are available for all grade levels.

Please be sure to read the General Information section at the bottom of this page.

Registration for Academies for Young Minds Spring Break Camps  is open NOW!

Growing Up Ain't Easy: The Biology of Growth in Plants and Animals     Grades

When: March 25-29, 2019 (Monday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $230.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Batton is an interpretive educator with more than a decade of experience in biology and cultural history. She founded EcoAdventures in 1994, her fulfillment of her dream to connect people and nature in an unforgettable learning environment. It began with kindergarten and CSM teacher recertification courses. During the school year she's busy as an outreach program specialist to school districts around the state. Summer provides a wonderful opportunity for her to create unique summer camp programs that are unforgettable in depth and hands-on adventures. Pam has worked for nature centers, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Division of Wildlife, and Colorado State Parks.

Explore a living classroom filled with plants and animals at various stages of growth. See who wins the race to grow - plants in soil or plants with hydroponic technology. You'll make and take home your own hydroponic garden. Discover the planaria, a flatworm that can grow into two creatures after being cut! Check out metamorphosis in insects and herptiles and observe their life changing stages of development right before your eyes. Watch chicks to see how they change as they grow.

Kitchen Chemistry: Weird and Wonderful Science     Grades

When: March 25-29, 2019 (Monday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $230.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Trey Corkern has been teaching history for 15 years. He has been a park ranger in North Dakota, a backpacking guide in New Mexico, a historic farmer in Colorado, and a museum curator in Wyoming. He is passionate about sharing his love of history with others.

It's time to get messy! Learn how the natural world works as we rifle through a kitchen cupboard to learn some basic science. Grow edible candy crystals, discover microbiology through making pancakes, build rockets with water bottles, make dead presidents dance on dry ice, and more! Every day will feature a make-and-take home project.

Rocky Mountain Geology     Grades

When: March 25-26, 2019 (Monday - Tuesday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $125.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

Discover the history of the Rocky Mountains while working in teams, then explore the geology of Red Rocks Park to create visual maps of the geologic history of the area. Each team will build a mountain out of clay, a contour map, and a timeline of the geologic period with features that characterize the formation of the Rocky Mountains, such as up-heave and erosion, and visit the CSM Geology Museum.

Rocking Robot Vehicle     Grades

When: March 28-29, 2019 (Thursday - Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $125.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

Have you ever wanted to build a working robot? Come to this camp to do just that! If you build a robot you have nothing more than a sculpture, but if you make it perform a function, you create a working robot capable of performing a series of fun-filled challenges. Work in teams to successfully create a working robot and to achieve recognitions as a master Lego operator.

Registration for the camps

The following registration options are available:

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General Information

For those who attend a morning session and an afternoon session on the same day, a supervised lunch hour (12:00pm until 1:00pm) is provided; however, students must bring their own sack lunch.

Camp participants must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of the last session for which they are enrolled on each day of the camp. Late pickups will result in a charge of $20.00 for each occurrence.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

To participate in the spring 2019 camps, students must have entered the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2018.

Lodging and accommodations

On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.