2022 STEM Day Camps

Three of our most popular STEM day camps are back for the summer of 2022.  Check out the descriptions and then visit http://camps.uni.edu to learn more and register or apply for a campership.  Space is limited and filling fast.

Previous Robotics Campers solving a basketball problem with an EV3 robot.  This year's campers will use the new SPIKE Primes.Introduction to Robotics
July 11th - July 15th, 2022, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm daily
Ages: Entering 5th through 8th grade
Logistics: $150 registration fee covers supplies, a daily snack, and lunch on Friday.  Campers bring sack lunches Monday through Thursday.

Campers will work in pairs to design and build SPIKE Prime LEGO robot, working together programming their robot to solve a variety of simulated problems. For campers with no previous through beginner level robotics and programming experience. This camp will build programming, design, and problem solving skills in an exciting and fun environment.  New in 2022, our campers will be using our brand new fleet of SPIKE Prime LEGO Robots.

Beyond Frozen campers create paper, digital, and other types of fractal art while learning the role of fractals in medicine, business, nature, and even movie making.Beyond Frozen: The Science, Math, and Art of Fractals
July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm daily
Ages: For campers entering 4th through 7th grade.
Logistics: $150 registration fee covers supplies, a daily snack, and lunch on Friday.  Campers bring sack lunches Monday through Thursday.

Beyond Frozen campers showing off some of their random number projects.If you’ve never paid much attention to the song, “Let It Go,” you may not have noticed, but there’s a line that Elsa sings that says, “My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.” Many patterns in nature have fractal qualities in different forms and sizes from mountains, sea shores, snowflakes, blood veins, and inside cell structures. All these beautiful patterns look like magnificent works of artwork. Fractals have deep roots in math, science, and computer science and many applications in modern science and engineering. The cool thing is that we can  reproduce and generate fractals as art works by art and computer coding. Campers will observe and describe natural fractals and create their own.

Biotech: Tools of the Trade
July 18th - July 22, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Ages: entering 9th through graduating high school seniors
Logistics: $150 registration fee covers supplies, a daily snack, and lunch on Friday.  Campers bring sack lunches Monday through Thursday.

An immersive experience with the tools of biotechnology will provide campers an introduction to the techniques that are used in university, hospital, and industrial laboratories. Campers will gain hands-on experience with DNA extraction, culturing microbes, digital microscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and gel electrophoresis by performing their own experiments. Campers will work at their own pace, prior experience is not required. 

Camperships are available for the three camp sessions above. Applications are accepted from local youth who are members of the following groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, Native North American, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, females, potential first generation college students and youth who were eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program during the previous school year or will be eligible in the next school year. If awarded a campership, then the registration fee for the camp session will be waived. Click Register on the camp session page and see campership application for additional details. To apply for a campership: click on the individual camp session and click on "get tickets".  Then in the Campership Application section select 1, click on "register", and complete the campership application.  Camperships are reviewed as they arrive.  If awarded, families must register their child for the camp session within the next week using the campership promotional code.  Camperships are funded through a gift from Alliant Energy.  

Other summer opportunities at UNI

Many other summer opportunities in athletics, arts, sciences, recreation, and academics are available at UNI.  Learn about other summer camp opportunities at http://camps.uni.edu.

Several photos from the 2021 session of Biotech Camp.  Participants spend most of the time in the lab

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