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Summer Camps in 2020 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

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Academies for Young Minds

Academies for Young Minds camps 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 and summer 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.

Spring Break 2019 Camps

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

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 Spring Break 2019 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.