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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

Session 1: May 30 – July 29, 2017 (Registration deadline: Friday, May 27)
Session 2: July 11 – August 10, 2017 (Registration deadline: Friday, July 8)

Exercise sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information about the activities performed during the sessions click here (PDF).

Time: 11:00-11:50am every Tuesday and Thursday

Cost: $225 per child, per 5-week session. However, scholarships are available to partially cover the cost*.

The Hawk Fitness Academy is a five-week two-day per week exercise program designed to improve the overall fitness of your child (age 5 – 10 years). Your child will be given the opportunity to learn exercise skills that can be used for a lifetime in a FUN environment with guidance from trained and knowledgeable instructors. Performing these skills will build your child’s confidence in exercise and will make it easier for your child to continue exercise to adulthood. Session activities will include medicine balls, weighted bars, plyometric exercises, and much more!

*Scholarships to cover $175 of the $225 fee during the 2017 sessions are available.*
Scholarships are limited on will be given on a first come first served basis. 

*A generous donor has provided funding to be used to advance the discipline of physical education at KU through targeted programming and initiatives which directly engage school-age children and youth in physical activity. Funded programs and initiatives will be targeted to students and teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels both during and outside of the regular school session. Future camp costs are subject to change.

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.

Sport Skills & Physical Activity Camp
Session 1: June 5 – June 16, 2017, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Registration deadline: Monday, May 22)
Session 2: June 19 – June 30, 2017, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Registration deadline: Monday, June 5)
Cost: $200 per child

Sports Skills and Physical Activity Camp is designed to provide boys and girls, ages 5 through 12, with the opportunity to develop sports skills and a good physical fitness level. Experiences will be provided in an individualized instructional environment with expert leadership and supervision. The curriculum will consist of a planned program of physical activity including: tumbling, kickball, soccer, badminton, physical fitness, softball, cooperative games, tag games, rhythms, scooters, and parachute skills. Participants are invited to choose from one session or attend both. Current physical is required prior to start date. All registrants will receive two camp t-shirts.

Requests for refunds must be made prior to June 2, 2017 for the first session and June 14, 2017 for the second session. No more than 75% of the total fee ($150.00) can be refunded.

In addition to your registration, please complete our release of liability and video release forms. Future camp prices subject to change.

KU Center for STEM Learning presents
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Camps

Students entering sixth grade through students leaving eighth grade are invited to enjoy a week of fun and advanced learning. Think you’ve mastered one of our camps? Think again. All camps have new challenges for 2017.

STEM Course Details

Registration costs: 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.

Registration timelines: Registration will open March 1, 2017.

Waitlist: 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 phone number & email: Kristie Parfet (785) 864-2491 kparfet@ku.edu

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.

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.

It’s Elementary (chemistry camp)
June 5 – 9, 8:00am – noon
Lawrence Campus
Cost: $175

This summer, become a forensic chemist. Campers will perform experiments themselves, deriving evidence to explain the presented circumstances. How do the CSI scientists figure out who wrote what and what the sticky residue on his hands was? Realize the power of observation, inquiry, and reflection, and solve some mysteries. Register

Proteins by Design (biotech camp)
June 5 – 9, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Lawrence 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. Register

Earth, Environment, and Energy: Global investigations from Kansas (environmental science camp)
June 12 – 16, 8:00am – noon
Edwards Campus

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

Get Your Game On (math camp)
June 12 – 16, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
​Edwards Campus

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. Register

Biomedical Investigations (biomedical)
June 19 – 23, 8:00am – noon
Edwards Campus

Yellow police tape surrounds the home where the body of a young man has been found. Furniture is in disarray, the medication cabinet has been left open, and there is blood surrounding the body. What happened? Was it murder? Was he ill? Join the rest of the criminal investigation team of campers and figure it out by studying DNA, fingerprints, blood-spatter, and learning about possible natural and unnatural causes of death. Register

The Labyrinth (math camp)
June 19 – 23, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
​Edwards Campus

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 Register

Design Storm (robotics camp)
June 26 – 30, 8:00am – noon (Session A)
June 26 – 30, 12:30pm – 4:30pm (Session B)
Edwards Campus

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! Session A and Session B are identical, please do not enroll in both. Register

STEM: T is for Technology (maker camp)
June 26 – 30, 8:00am – noon (Session A)
June 26 – 30, 12:30pm – 4:30pm (Session B)
Edwards Campus

Do you know how to use technology to protect yourself from the zombies when they attack? Campers will explore technology and programming into order to build something useful to take with them at the end of the week. Who knows what inventions might come out of this week of creative genius! Session A and Session B are identical, please do not enroll in both. Register

Explore @ Lawrence: The Big Five (engineering camp) July 24 – 28, 8:00am – noon
Lawrence Campus

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 five engineering disciplines, and tour University of Kansas School of Engineering lab and research facilities where real engineering research happens! Register

Explore @ Lawrence: Who Knew? (engineering camp)
July 24 – 28, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Lawrence Campus

Did you know that engineers are a key force driving many medical field advancements? Or that popular music advanced significantly because of the work of engineers? The military relies heavily on engineering research, and many like to note that engineers make great lawyers, business managers and even doctors. This camp session explores areas of engineering that are less well-known, but important, fun, and surprising. Campers will participate in activities, and tour University of Kansas School of Engineering lab and research facilities where research you never expected happens! Register

girls.code (Girls Code)
July 10 – 14, 2016, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $125

Feeling technologically inspired? This camp is special for techno GIRLS interested in learning coding!  Make this summer meaningful by learning programming fundamentals and collaborating to develop games, stories, and other programs so that by the end of the week, you’ll have a network of programming BFF’s. Girl Power! (Girls who have completed Algebra I are welcome to enroll in girls.code.) Register

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, (913) 897-8552.

Online registration form


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