Academies for Young Minds
These camps, designed for those who entered 2nd through 5th grade in Fall 2019, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.
Three camps are available for the winter of 2020: two camps are a half-day in duration, with the other being nearly a full 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.
Henry Ford Vehicle Challenge Grades in January 2020
When: January 2-3, 2020 (Thursday - Friday) • 8:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado
Maximum students: 20
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.
Come conquer a classic engineering problem while learning the concepts of force, energy, and power. Your team will be challenged to design and construct a vehicle to accelerate down a ramp and come to a complete stop while demonstrating the vehicle is safe using only the resources available to you. Ready, set, go and good luck!
Registration for the camps
The following registration options are available:
- Register for any of the camps/sessions listed above and charge the full registration fee to your credit card online. Registration is limited to the first of the number listed for any camp/session.
- If a camp/session has filled, you can place your name on the waiting list for the camp/session.
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 winter 2020 camps, students must have entered the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2019.
Lodging and accommodations
On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.