High Tides and Good Vibes – Summer Camps at UNCW

Monday, May 15, 2017

UNCW summer camps are reflective of our outstanding academic enrichment programs and appeal to youth of all ages and interests. Here is a comprehensive list of summer camps being held on campus; register early to ensure your spot!

Chemistry and Forensics
Participants will see firsthand why “Chemistry Rocks!” as they learn the fundamentals of chemical reactions, crime scene investigative techniques and DNA analysis. A discount is available for those who attend two camps during the same week for a full-day camp experience. These fun-filled sessions are led by UNCW graduate chemistry students and improve critical thinking skills while stimulating scientific curiosity.

A discount is provided for the children of UNCW employees. Email Cecilia Kieber for details before registering. Additional information and registration deadlines are available online.

Engineering and Robotics
UNCW Engineering Expectations offers more than 20 different programs for ages 4-14, each exploring a specific engineering disciplines and topics. Each week focuses on a different engineering theme and incorporates hands-on challenges designed by Youth Programs’ own staff engineers.

Highlights for summer 2017 include:

  • Sense-sational Science (ages 4-5): Make “sense” of STEM and explore how scientists use all five senses to observe and understand the world around us.
  • Disaster Design (ages 8-9): Spend a week designing and engineering mini-public works to see if they can withstand kid-made floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
  • Coding with Raspberry Pi (ages 10-11): Learn to program from computer scientists using a credit card-sized computer that you get to take home with you at the end of the week!
  • Sports Engineering (ages 12-14): Discover how engineering influences the way different sports are designed and played and then engineer a way to improve athletes’ abilities.

For more information and to view all of the summer options, visit the Engineering and Robotics website.

Junior Seahawk Academy
The Junior Seahawk Academy is designed for students ages 10-14 from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations to develop interests in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and health care. Participants will learn while having fun exploring technology and other creative activities. Session is from June 26-July 7 (except July 4). Application information can be found online.

UNCW has the honor of being the state’s coastal university. What better place for your child to be exposed to cutting-edge ocean research than through MarineQuest summer programs? Choose from more than 30 thematic programs for ages 4-17.

New programs for summer 2017 include:

  • Ecosystem Engineers (ages 9-10): Learn all about organisms that engineer their environment.
  • Coastal Challengers (ages 9-10): Investigate the daily challenges our coast is facing.
  • Seussical Sea Science (ages 4-5): Explore the undersea world of Dr. Seuss and animal biodiversity.
  • BioTECH (ages 16-17): This lab-intensive program gives students an authentic experience in marine biotechnologies.

For complete information, visit the MarineQuest website.

UNCW Community Music Academy Summer Camp 
Faculty and student teachers will lead classes in guitar, piano and strings to spark children's musical interests and help develop their skills. The camp will be held June 12-16 and is open for youth grades K-12. Scholarships are available for middle and high schoolers by teacher recommendation. Register through June 7. For more information, please contact Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi.

Young Writers Workshop
The Young Writers Workshop is an annual five-day camp (July 11-July 15) for high schoolers to study the craft of writing. The workshop is organized and operated by UNCW's esteemed department of creative writing. Participants have the opportunity to study with published authors, faculty members and graduate students from the department's Master of Fine Arts program. Participants room in UNCW’s residence halls and dine in Wagoner Hall, supervised by graduate student counselors. The counselors are available at all times for unstructured interaction, assistance with writing projects and moral support. The workshop fee covers tuition, housing and three meals per day. To find out more and register, click here.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program
From July 9-14, high school students will work with faculty, entrepreneurs and current UNCW students to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and business in a fun environment. The program provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and “hands-on” project development in teams, culminating with team project presentations to parents, UNCW guests and local business leaders. This year’s program will focus on “Building a Better Food Economy.” The program is limited to 30 students and cost is $75. Apply by May 26.

Sport Camps
A variety of athletic camps will be held on the UNCW campus this summer. Sports include girl’s and boy’s soccer, baseball, tennis, volleyball, girl’s and boy’s basketball, softball and swimming. Please note these camps are not supported, controlled or supervised by UNCW and are under the sole supervision, control and sponsorship of the designated camp directors.

-- Caroline Cropp