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Are you looking for a fun summer activity to keep your child’s brain stimulated? The KU Edwards Campus is excited to host a variety of summer camps presented by KU Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science and the KU Center for STEM Learning. All camps will be located on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

If you have questions regarding any of the camp listings, please contact the unit presenting the camp.


KU Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences presents
Physical Activity & Youth Fitness Camps

Hawk Fitness Academy

Register your child for an 8-week session that works best for your family's schedule. Each session meets 2 days per week:

  • KU Main Campus (Lawrence, Kan.): Summer 2018 session meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., beginning May 29. View the full schedule here (pdf).
  • KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park, Kan.): Summer 2018 session meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., beginning May 25. View the full schedule here (pdf).

Deadline to register is the Friday before the first day of the session(s).

Cost to Participate:

  • Reduced* Rate: $100 per child;
  • Regular Rate: $405 per child

*The David and Margaret Shirk Physical Education Programs Fund provides financial support for families and children to participate in the Hawk Fitness Academy at a reduced rate. Future youth activity prices subject to change. Scholarships are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. 

What happens at the camp?
 

About the camp director

Dr. Trent Herda - The Director

Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas.

I started the Hawk Fitness Academy to improve the health of children. Our program is specially designed to improve strength and balance along with heart health. Traditional exercise programs for children focus on heart health and playing sports. What makes our program unique is that we focus on improving strength and balance along with heart health. Strength and balance is important for functionality as we age. Your child will also learn exercise skills that can be performed as adults in any recreational center or gym.

Phone: 785-864-2224
Email: t.herda@ku.edu

 

Questions? Contact us at hawkfit@ku.edu or 785-864-2224.  

Online registration form





In addition to your registration, please complete our release of liability and video release forms.


KU Center for STEM Learning presents
2018 Summer STEM Camps
at KU Main Campus, Lawrence & KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park
for middle school students

Looking for something STEMulating this summer?  Whether you’re in the Lawrence or Kansas City metro area, check out these summer camp opportunities for your middle school student!

Students entering sixth grade through ninth grade in Fall 2018 are invited to enjoy a week of fun and advanced learning. Has your student already mastered one of our camps? Think again! Campers can enjoy all-new challenges for 2018.

STEM Course Details

Registration opens March 1, 2018!

Camp location, dates, and registration costs are listed with each camp.  Registration fee must be paid in full at the time of registration, or a position in the camp will not be reserved.

Campers who enroll in both a morning camp and an afternoon camp the same week may bring their lunch and eat in a supervised area between 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM.

Design Storm
Robotics camp
June 4 – 8, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $175

We challenge you to design, build, and program a robot to accomplish an assigned goal. Ready? Challenge accepted.  Campers will work together to creatively accomplish tasks and solve problems using LEGO Mindstorms robotics. Your imagination is the only limit!

Outside the Box
Problem solving camp
June 4 – 8, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $175

Calling all creative thinkers, playful learners, and collaborative problem solvers! This camp will offer campers a chance to consider real world challenges and work together to develop inventive solutions that utilize both simple and powered machines, pneumatics, renewable energy concepts, and more, using LEGO Education solutions. Imagine it, build it, share it. 

Science of Spycraft
Spy camp
June 11 – 15, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $175

From ancient Romans to today, spying has incorporated the cutting edge of science. Come join us to work with secret writing, forensic duplication, code writing and breaking, tracking, and all manner of spycraft. This camp will cover sciences from chemistry to engineering to computer science and student teams will compete to out think and out spy other teams!

It's Elementary
Chemistry camp
June 11 – 15, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $175

Sticky, fragile, flexible, fluid. How can chemistry be used to help us understand the properties, process and performance of the substances we encounter in our everyday life? Through hands on exploration and challenges, explore properties and ways to improve the world around us. Showcase your knowledge and creativity in the Materials Field Day Competition!

Proteins by Design
Biotech camp
June 18 – 22, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $175

Discover the role of DNA and proteins in the exciting field of biotechnology. Campers will explore protein models, 3D modeling, wet labs, and computer simulations that demonstrate the production of fluorescing proteins by bacteria and analysis of DNA by electrophoresis.

The Labyrinth
Math camp
June 18 – 22, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $90

Can you find your way out of the Labyrinth? Only if you and your fellow wanderers can solve the maze’s mathematical conundrums in this week-long challenge full of numerical obstacles and trapdoor puzzles. You’ll need a good calculator*, the help of your fellow adventurers, and a little luck.
*calculators will be provided

Go Green for Kansas!
Environmental science camp
June 18 – 22, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Lawrence Campus
Cost: $175

Campers will collaborate and inquire about the natural world: What’s in the water? What makes the clouds? How can we study oceans from Kansas? All of your deepest earthly questions explored and answered through investigation!

Imagine... Design… MAKE!
Maker camp
June 18 – 22, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Lawrence Campus
Cost: $200

The maker movement is sweeping the world. From clever lab equipment to unusual robots to 3D printed clothing, makers are shaking up every part of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Build a device to learn about animals in the field. Create a piece of art with a 3D printer. Wire your shirt to flash a greeting to people on the street. Come explore the possibilities of making.

girls.code
Girls computer science camp
June 25 – 29, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $135

This could be the camp that jumpstarts your future! Computer science can involve graphic design, problem-solving, programming, cryptography, robotics, human-computer interaction, and even social and ethical issues in computing. It is critical for many careers, including those in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, financial services, arts, weather forecasting, and of course information technology. Experience how computing knowledge is applied throughout our world, and consider where it might take you! (code.org, 2018)

Get Your Game On
Math camp
June 25 – 29, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Edwards Campus
Cost: $90

Who doesn’t like playing games? Better yet, who doesn’t like winning games? Learn winning strategies through game theory, applied probability, and mathematical modeling. You’ll play new games and discover how to apply math strategies that will give you the advantage over future opponents.


Camps offered in collaboration with the KU School of Engineering:

Explore @ Lawrence: The Big Five
E
ngineering camp
July 23 – 27, 2018  
8:00am – noon
KU Lawrence Campus
Cost: $250

What do engineers do? It depends on what kind of engineering you choose! Explore Aerospace, Chemical and Petroleum, Civil and Architectural, Electrical and Computer Science, and Mechanical engineering in this weeklong camp. Engage in problem-solving activities related to each of these engineering disciplines, and tour the University of Kansas School of Engineering lab and research facilities where real engineering research happens!

She’s an Engineer
Girls engineering camp
July 23 – 27, 2018
8:00am – noon
KU Lawrence Campus
Cost: $250

Improving people’s lives! Making the world a better, cleaner, safer place! Engineers solve problems at large and small businesses, do research at universities and start-ups, and make a difference through non-profit organizations or influencing government policy (engineergirl.org, 2018). Come learn about the variety of ways engineers can shape the future! From problem solving activities related to the different engineering disciplines to tours of the KU Engineering facilities, explore how engineering could be part of the challenge of your lifetime.

May the Force Be With You
Physics camp
July 23 – 27, 2018
12:30pm – 4:30pm
KU Lawrence Campus
Cost: $250

What did the Nuclear Physicist have for lunch? Fission Chips! Come radiate your enthusiasm when we put the heat on, sound off about magnetism, and light up investigations about atoms. You will be forced to play with electricity and magnetism, and all sorts of matter. Join in some serious and some silly investigations in physics, and learn about how physics is everywhere in everything we do. 

A waitlist for full camps will be offered with no guarantee of granting enrollment into the camp. Campers on a waitlist will be notified if openings become available and must pay the registration fee within 24 hours of being notified, or the next waitlist camper will be invited to register.

Contact:
Kristie Parfet
(785) 864-2491
kparfet@ku.edu


Online registration form



In addition to your registration, please complete our release of liability and video release forms.


Refund Policy: 
Camp registrations cancelled 30 or more days prior to the start of the camp will receive a 90% refund of registration. Cancelations 5 –29 days prior will receive a 50% refund. No refunds for cancelations less than 5 days before the camp begins. To request a refund, please contact Kristie Parfet, kparfet@ku.edu, (785) 864-2491.


 


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