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Summer Camps in 2017 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate three camps being available in the Summer of 2017:

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Academies for Young Minds

These camps, designed for those entering 2nd through 8th grade in Fall 2017, encourage children to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.

Multiple camps are planned for the summer of 2017, with all being a half-day in duration. 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.

Registration for Academies for Young Minds opens on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM (MST).

Camp One :: The Artistic and Technical Sides of Sound I     Grades in Fall 2017

When: June 5-8, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 16

Fee: $185.00

Instructors:
Dr. Robert Klimek, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...
Dr. Catherine Skokan Learn more...

Dr. Robert Klimek is a noted performer, composer, and clinician. Some of his past teachers include Aaron Copeland, Philip Glass and Dave Brubeck. His music compositions can be heard worldwide and are found in over 100 music sources. He has played with the likes of Winton Marsalis and Doc Severinsen. He has been a featured artist on a Grammy recording and was a nominee for the National Booksellers Gold Medallion Award. Currently, when he is not working on recording folk music resources, he heads the music program at Colorado School of Mines which offers a minor in the Recording Arts/Music Technology. This program successfully produced its first album in 2012, and was awarded the Recording of the Month (December) by the Independent Broadcasters Association.

Dr. Klimek has conducted children's choirs in Chicago, Phoenix, New Orleans, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. He has conducted these for the John Paul II papal visits in Phoenix, as well with several local symphonic groups. He brings an interesting methodology to children participants which helps to boost their musicianship. He also looks forward to passing on the latest technology in music to a new generation of 'savy' participants.

Dr. Catherine Skokan is a geophysical and electrical engineer who also has a deep interest in music. On the technical side, she is the first woman to graduate from the Colorado School of Mines. She has taught Digital Data Analysis and Linear Systems analysis – both of which are the roots of the science of music. On the musical side, she plays violin, bassoon, and erhu (a traditional Chinese stringed instrument). Dr. Skokan is active in both the CSM orchestra and band as well as playing with a classical chamber group for weddings, church services, receptions, and events. As well, she is a member of Southwest Musicians, a group that plays historic music from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Dr. Skokan has been active in K12 outreach over the last 20 years at CSM and has worked with teachers and students in the areas of Physics and Energy Resources. She often employs musical examples for physics in her hands-on activities with teachers' professional development workshops and in classroom visits.

Through hands-on activities gain an awareness of sound, field recordings, and the technology of western and non-western instruments. Use your smart phone to download a recording app to record natural and musical sounds, then investigate the science of sound through observation (and explanation) of waves, and the filtering and amplification electronics of recording. In the end, experience how to creatively construct your own 'tribal' instruments, as well as to use them in a sonic final project. Throughout this camp, you will be encouraged to creatively use technology in various forms, both during and after the camp's completion.

Camp Two :: Bedrock Basics of Geology     Grades in Fall 2017

When: June 5-8, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $200.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo is a professor of Planetary Geology in the EPICS Program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

Do you want to go on a hike and be able to identify the types of rocks and fossils that you see? Are you good at puzzles and solving mysteries? Learn about the different types of minerals that make up rocks, where to find these rocks, the rock cycle, how fossils are made, and how looking at rocks is basically detective work. Have you ever looked at a dinosaur trackway and tried to figure out how many dinosaurs were there, what type, and which ones might have been trying to avoid being lunch? Learn the secrets to being able to look at any type of fossil and figure out what that animal (or plant) may have looked like and what they might have done. Look into the secrets of caves, gemstones, and rocks from different planets in the Solar System. Note: this camp does not go outside.

Camp Three :: Creative Chemistry     Grades in Fall 2017

When:
Session 1 • June 5-8, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 2 • July 31 - August 3, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $200.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo is a professor of Planetary Geology in the EPICS Program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

For those interested in the basics of chemistry, or with knowledge of introductory level chemistry. Use different chemical properties to conduct experiments and then learn how different chemicals interact with each other. Explore polymers of different viscosity (this is just how we refer to making slimes – a lot of slimes!), chemical reactions that effervesce (bubble…..sometimes all over the place……), reactions that are exothermic (produce heat) and endothermic (absorb heat) and how we can use chemistry to do a few fun experiments in physics. All chemicals are items that are commonly found in your house so you can do all of the experiments at home with your family at the end of camp.

Camp Four :: Raptors, The Winged Predators     Grades in Fall 2017

When: June 6-9, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Barton 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.

Raptors are hunters of the sky by both day and night. Come and explore the lives and behaviors of hawks and owls. Discover aerodynamics as you build a soaring raptor from real feathers. Try out different talons to find the best match for catching your prey. Build a talon prototype to perfect your grabbing ability. Learn about acoustic maps, telescopic eyes and the use of UV light to age feathers. Practice identification of Colorado's raptors.

Camp Five :: What's That You See? The Physics of Light and the Biology of Sight     Grades in Fall 2017

When:
Session 1 • June 12-15, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Session 2 • July 10-13, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $200

Instructor: Tiffany Kapler, STEM Education Specialist Learn more...

Tiffany is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education specialist, consultant and blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). She is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was considering a career in primatology when she started her science education career as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She still enjoys a day trip to the primate house at the zoo and is an avid viewer of ape documentaries, but education captured her true passion. She expanded her science repertoire as an educator "Jack of all trades" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the better part of a decade.

Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she has tackled physics education projects such as writing teacher guides for science education products for American Scientific, LLC, and developing curricula to accompany audio and video media produced by Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tiffany is passionate about helping the public to understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She has also recently fallen in love with the concept of Design Thinking as a method of real-world problem solving. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own "why's" and "ah-ha" moments. That's probably how she became an educator in the first place… despite the call of the monkeys.

Explore the concepts of light, color, and energy through hands-on, eyes-on investigations and experiments. Refraction, reflection, and diffraction are just a few of the concepts that will be explored. Connect the physics of light to the biology of sight through visual perception investigations and a cow eyeball dissection. Play with color mixing and explore common vision problems. Think and act like a scientist as you design and carry out your own light and/or sight experiments to answer the questions that make you the most curious.

Camp Six :: Energy at Play: The Toy Engineering Workshop     Grades in Fall 2017

When:
Session 1 • June 12-15, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 2 • July 10-13, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $200

Instructor: Tiffany Kapler, STEM Education Specialist Learn more...

Tiffany is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education specialist, consultant and blogger. Her background and interests are in biology and informal education (museums, zoos, nature centers, etc.). She is a learner at heart and loves to stretch herself and grow. Tiffany was considering a career in primatology when she started her science education career as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. She still enjoys a day trip to the primate house at the zoo and is an avid viewer of ape documentaries, but education captured her true passion. She expanded her science repertoire as an educator "Jack of all trades" at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the better part of a decade.

Currently, Tiffany runs her own STEM education and consulting business. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the Denver Zoo and the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently, she has tackled physics education projects such as writing teacher guides for science education products for American Scientific, LLC, and developing curricula to accompany audio and video media produced by Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tiffany is passionate about helping the public to understand the nature of science as a way exploring and understanding the world. She has also recently fallen in love with the concept of Design Thinking as a method of real-world problem solving. She believes that there is a little bit of scientist and engineer in all of us and thrills in guiding others through their own "why's" and "ah-ha" moments. That's probably how she became an educator in the first place… despite the call of the monkeys.

Have you ever dreamed of being an inventor? How about a toy inventor? Explore and experiment with different types of energy to figure out why it matters to the things YOU care about: toys and fun! Apply your new understanding of energy and other physics concepts as you practice the engineering design process to invent your very own toys. A final toy design challenge will culminate with a symposium where you can show off your inventions to your family. Prerequisites: a curious mind and a lively imagination.

Camp Seven :: Mountain Men: Surviving in the American West     Grades in Fall 2017)

When: June 13-16, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

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.

How did mountain man Hugh Glass survive a bear mauling and crawl 200 miles without equipment? Learn the mountain man's art of survival in the American 1800s. Learn to build fires without matches, build shelters without nylon, find north without a compass, and practice first aid without a kit. Every day you will make a survival object to take home.

Camp Eight :: Ancient Technologies and Forbidden Secrets     Grades in Fall 2017)

When: July 18-21, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

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.

Learn how history was made. With SCIENCE! Build the technology that has powered human society for the last 10,000 years. Build, play with, and take home atl-atls, catapults, bows, batteries, electric motors, rockets, and more. This camp doesn't just show the science, we will figure out who used what, when, and why.

Camp Nine :: Native American Life Among the Bison     Grades in Fall 2017

When: July 25-28, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Barton 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.

Native American people of the plains knew everything about bison, and after this camp you will too! Explore how bison provided shelter, food, warmth, and more. Learning about the bison's biology is like a trip to the grocery store, every part was useful. Try out Native American bison skills as you make items of your own to keep. Make a rawhide box, a leather pouch, a bone awl, and something from horn. Enjoy your Native craft in the shade of the tipi you learn to set up.

Camp Ten :: American Explorers: Tenacity and Technology     Grades in Fall 2017)

When: July 25-28, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

Instructor: Trey Corkern, EcoAdventures Learn more...

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Do you have what it takes to match wits and grit with Pike, Gunnison, Fremont, and Kit Carson? Learn land navigation by using compasses, theodolites, sextants, and transits. Hone your zoological and botanical skills by gathering and preparing biological specimens; then map, describe, and explore the world around you and lead teaming masses across the Great American Desert. Every day you will make and take home a project.

Camp Eleven :: Out of This World: An Introduction to Astronomy     Grades in Fall 2017

When: July 31 - August 3, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 20

Fee: $200.00

Instructor: Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...

Dr. Maria Brunhart-Lupo is a professor of Planetary Geology in the EPICS Program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her background is in geotechnical engineering and STEM education. When she's not mapping landslides, looking at sand dunes on Earth and Mars, or looking at historical rock/weather/human interaction, she can be found hiking up a mountain somewhere with her children and dogs – to go look at more rocks!

Do you enjoy looking at the night sky and wonder about the other planets of our Solar System? Have you ever thought what the Asteroid Belt actually looks like — and what is actually floating around with the asteroids? (Answer: there is a planet hiding in the Asteroid Belt!) What is Planet X? Why do we think there are more planets out there? Do you want to travel to Mars? What is it like on Venus? Learn all about our Solar System, stars, galaxies, nebulae and other celestial bodies. 'Visit' each planet, understand the different types of stars and nebulae, and create your own celestial items to take home. Most of the camp will focus on Oort Cloud inwards towards the Sun, so that anything you learn about can be seen with a telescope, but you'll learn about Deep Space – even if you can't really see it.

Camp Twelve :: Busy Like a Bee     Grades in Fall 2017

When: August 1-4, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $210.00

Instructor: Pam Batton, EcoAdventures Learn more...

Pam Barton 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.

Are you busy like a bee? Look at the lives of honey bees as you observe bees in a real hive. Become a bee for a day and live inside a kid sized hive with honeycomb. Crawl through a giant flower as you become a pollinator. Learn how bees dance to find flowers rich in nectar. Find out if your dance has enough information for you to find a hidden tasty treat. Become a mini beekeeper as you try on a beekeeper's suit, put together a real hive, and use some of a beekeeper's tools. Learn about pollination issues and how you can easily help. Make candles and other bee related products to take home.

Camp Thirteen :: The Artistic and Technical Sides of Sound II     Grades in Fall 2017

When: June 12-15, 2017 (Monday - Thursday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 16

Fee: $190.00

Instructors:
Dr. Robert Klimek, Colorado School of Mines Learn more...
Dr. Catherine Skokan Learn more...

Dr. Robert Klimek is a noted performer, composer, and clinician. Some of his past teachers include Aaron Copeland, Philip Glass and Dave Brubeck. His music compositions can be heard worldwide and are found in over 100 music sources. He has played with the likes of Winton Marsalis and Doc Severinsen. He has been a featured artist on a Grammy recording and was a nominee for the National Booksellers Gold Medallion Award. Currently, when he is not working on recording folk music resources, he heads the music program at Colorado School of Mines which offers a minor in the Recording Arts/Music Technology. This program successfully produced its first album in 2012, and was awarded the Recording of the Month (December) by the Independent Broadcasters Association.

Dr. Klimek has conducted children's choirs in Chicago, Phoenix, New Orleans, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. He has conducted these for the John Paul II papal visits in Phoenix, as well with several local symphonic groups. He brings an interesting methodology to children participants which helps to boost their musicianship. He also looks forward to passing on the latest technology in music to a new generation of 'savy' participants.

Dr. Catherine Skokan is a geophysical and electrical engineer who also has a deep interest in music. On the technical side, she is the first woman to graduate from the Colorado School of Mines. She has taught Digital Data Analysis and Linear Systems analysis – both of which are the roots of the science of music. On the musical side, she plays violin, bassoon, and erhu (a traditional Chinese stringed instrument). Dr. Skokan is active in both the CSM orchestra and band as well as playing with a classical chamber group for weddings, church services, receptions, and events. As well, she is a member of Southwest Musicians, a group that plays historic music from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Dr. Skokan has been active in K12 outreach over the last 20 years at CSM and has worked with teachers and students in the areas of Physics and Energy Resources. She often employs musical examples for physics in her hands-on activities with teachers' professional development workshops and in classroom visits.

Through hands-on activities gain an awareness of science, engineering, and the art of sound through field and studio recordings. Investigate the technology of western and non-western instruments. Use your own smart phone to download a recording app, and then record natural and musical sounds. Investigate the mathematics and science of sound through the analysis of waves and the filtering and amplification electronics of recording. Finally, study the music/recording industry, and create a new music composition - be it a jingle, song tune or background music for video gaming, and then bring this work into existence. Laptops will be necessary for this workshop as well as free online notation programs.

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 summer 2017 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2017.

Lodging and accommodations

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