February 9, 2017

Academic Camps

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Debate: George Mason Debate Institute

Contact: Jackie Poapst, George Mason Debate Team, 267-393-1604, jpoapst@gmu.edu
Website: georgemasondebate.com
Location: Virtual
Age(s): 6th through 12th graders
Description: The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs of individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational and communicative activity, which offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. As part of our unique educational approach, participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues. Our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp.

Environmental Science/Conservation: Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE)

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wyse@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: Click Here
Location: Virtual
Description: The WYSE Virtual Experience is an interactive online conference designed to provide students with an enriching experience through distance learning. The program offers students a community space to explore content, engage with environmental experts, and collaborate with other students to increase their understanding of environmental topics while earning college credit.

Forensics: George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF)

Contact: George Mason Forensics Team, gmif@gmu.edu, 703-993-5887
Website: gmif.gmuforensics.org
Location: Virtual
Description: With the phenomenal success of the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF) over the past 15 years, we are pleased to announce the sixteenth annual George Mason Institute of Forensics for summer 2020. George Mason University and the George Mason Forensics Team invite you to Washington D.C. to participate in the fun that is GMIF, where you will learn from some of the Great Minds In Forensics!

Game Design, Programming, and STEM: Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)

Contact: Mason Game and Technology Academy, mgta@gmu.edu, 703-993-7101
Website: mgta.gmu.edu
Location: Virtual and on-site at Fairfax Campus and SciTech Campus
Ages: 9–18
Description: The Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA) is part of the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) and the nationally acclaimed Mason Computer Game Design Program. MGTA inspires students to pursue advanced studies in the STEM fields of the future and helps prepare them for success. MGTA offers age-appropriate STEM classes for ages 9–18 with personalized instruction, offering students the rare opportunity to engage with Mason faculty and their most advanced students.

Topics include: Game Design and Game Programming with Unity and C#, Art Modeling and Animation, Python and Machine Learning/AI, and Roblox Game Development.

Information Technology and Engineering: STEM Summer Camps

Contact: Kammy Sanghera, George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering, vsestem@gmu.edu, 703-362-2474
Website: volgenau.gmu.edu/partners/stem-outreach/stem-summer-camps
Location: Virtual
Description: Don't take a summer vacation from learning. Our STEM Program offers classes to keep you interested in your favorite STEM topic or learn about a new one. Join your friends and explore web development, physics, cybersecurity, engineering, and more.

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC)

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wjmc@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: Click Here
Location: Virtual
Description: The WJMC Virtual Experience is an interactive online conference designed to provide students with an enriching experience through distance learning. The program offers students a community space to explore content, engage with journalism and media experts, and collaborate with other students to increase their understanding of journalism topics while earning college credit.

Math and Technology: Mathematics and Technology for Talented Youth

Contact: Dr. J. E. Lin, George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, talentedyouth@gmail.com, 703-973-6889
Website: mtty.gmu.edu
Location: Online
Ages: 6–17
Description: Free, online program. Basic Algebra 1, Basic Algebra 2, and Basic Calculus AB.

Science: Aspiring Inventors' Club

Contact: Lance Liotta, College of Science, lliotta@gmu.edu
Website: Click here
Location: Virtual
Description: Actively learn the patent process as you work in small teams to invent and prototype a solution to a challenge, problem, or your own idea! By the club’s end, students can complete a draft of a patent application for their invention. Open to rising 10th graders through college undergraduates.

Science: Introduction to Hands-On Data Science Using R

Contact: Dominic White, College of Science, dwhite34@gmu.edu
Website: Click here
Location: Virtual
Description: This course explores the fundamentals of data science with hands-on applications. Students delve into the skills required of college courses and job applications. Activities are structured to understanding data structures, visualization techniques, data mining, and communication of the results. A majority of the course will be dedicated to applying learned skills through various activities. Some programming experience preferred.

Science: Using Bioinformatics to Investigate Current and Future Global Challenges

Contact: Ylenia Chiari, College of Science, ychiari@gmu.edu
Website: Click here
Location: Virtual
Description: This course introduces students to the basic bioinformatics tools commonly used in conservation genetics, population genetics, and phylogenetics with application to very diverse fields (e.g., to study the spread of the different covid-19 strains). Learn how to organize, analyze and interpret existing data. This course is open to high school students who successfully completed first year biology or equivalent as well as undergraduate students and adult learners.

Science: Quick Start Your Life Science Research

Contact: Andrea Cobb, College of Science, cosassip@gmu.edu
Website: Click here
Location: Virtual
Description: This interactive workshop employs tools and resources that hundreds of students have used to create award winning projects. Get a head start
designing your next original life-science research project for school (or maybe at home!).

Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Denise Crlenjak, Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, crys@gmu.edu, 703-993-4165
Website: scar.gmu.edu/academics/undergraduate/conflict-resolution-youth-summit
Description: Canceled for Summer 2020

Conservation: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Summer Programs

Contact: Robert Barrett, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, rbarret@gmu.edu, 540-635-0115
Website: Click Here
Age/Grade Level(s): Rising high school juniors and seniors
Description: Canceled for Summer 2020

Mason Kids Club Summer Camp

Contact: George Mason University Child Development Center, mmalon17@gmu.edu
Website: Click Here
Ages: Rising 1st through rising 4th graders
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Mason Kids Club Summer Camp is a school-age, full summer program for rising 1st graders through rising 4th graders. Each year, a new and exciting theme guides the interactive summer activities.

Radio: WGMU Summer Podcast and Radio Camp

Contact: Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio and Student Media, rsmith6@gmu.edu, 703-993-2874
Website: Click here
Age/Grade Level(s): Grades 6–12
Description: Canceled for Summer 2020

STEM: Females of Color and those Underrepresented in STEM (F.O.C.U.S.)

Contact: Kelly Knight, STEM Accelerator, College of Science, kknight6@gmu.edu, 703-993-5478
Website: focusonstem.org
Description: Canceled for Summer 2020