February 9, 2017

Academic Camps

WGMU Radio Camp
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
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College Preparatory: Early Identification Program (EIP)

Contact: eip@gmu.edu, 703-993-3120
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: The Early Identification Program (EIP) serves as the college preparatory program at George Mason University. EIP empowers students to achieve their goal of attaining higher education and succeeding once there. Our aim is to educate the whole student. We provide year-round academic enrichment, personal and social development, civic engagement, and leadership training opportunities.

Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Leslie Durham, ldurham2@gmu.edu, 703-993-4165
Website: carterschool.gmu.edu/prospective-students/conflict-resolution-youth-summit
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Age/Grade Levels: Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Description: The Conflict Resolution Youth Summit explores some of today's toughest problems through the lens of peace and conflict resolution. It spans four evenings on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus. Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to connect with other students from varied backgrounds with common interests and goals.

Conservation: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Summer Programs

Age/Grade Level(s): Rising high school juniors and seniors
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia
Contact number: 540-635-0115
Contact email: smsc@gmu.edu
Description: Live and learn alongside an international community of Smithsonian researchers and industry professionals, and earn college credits through George Mason University. The one-week summer program, Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology, offers first-hand exposure to conservation fieldwork. 

Debate: George Mason Debate Institute

Age(s): 6th through 12th graders
Jackie Poapst, George Mason Debate Team, 267-393-1604
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.

Engineering: Freedom Center Summer Camps

Contact: fccamps@gmu.edu, 703-993-8444
Ages: 6-13
Location: SciTech Campus (Manassas)
Description: Camps cover a wide variety of topics including nature, engineering, leadership, equestrian, and more. Or enjoy Camp Freedom, which offers a little of everything!

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

Ages: High schoolers (rising juniors and seniors)
George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wyse@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: WYSE is a week-long experiential learning program for highly-engaged high school students. Students will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to the environment, while acquiring valuable “in-the-trenches” knowledge. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, international conservation experts, research scientists, and Washington insiders.

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 In-Person 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.

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC)

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wjmc@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wjmc.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Ages: High schoolers (rising juniors and seniors)
Description: WJMC is a week-long experiential learning program for highly-engaged high school students. Students will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to  journalism and media while acquiring valuable “in-the-trenches” knowledge. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, award-winning journalists, international media outlets, and Washington insiders.

Leadership: Leading EDGE Camp

Contact: Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, fccamps@gmu.edu, 703-993-8444
Ages: 11-15
Location: SciTech Campus (Manassas)
Description: Climb and leap to new heights this summer at The EDGE. As you and fellow adventurers tackle a multitude of great team challenges, you'll form friendships, grow as leaders, develop outdoor recreation skills, and have tons of fun.

Math Bootcamp

Contact: Julia Nord, STEM Accelerator, stemcos@gmu.edu
Website: science.gmu.edu/STEMcamps
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Age(s): Incoming Mason freshmen
Description: During the five-day residential camp, students are assembled into small working groups based on skill level to obtain deeper understanding of mathematical concepts in algebra, trigonometry, or calculus. The goal is to improve math placement scores and prepare for Mason math courses. Math professors, graduate students, and undergraduate learning assistants will provide guidance and support to each camp attendee. On the first day (if needed) and last day of camp, students will have the opportunity to take the math placement test. Participation in the camp adds one additional opportunity to the Mason two-attempt limit (max three, total).

Math and Technology: Mathematics and Technology for Talented Youth

Age/Grade Levels: Grades 7–12
George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, mtty@gmu.edu
Location: Virtual
Description: Free, online, year-round, and global program. Basic Algebra 1, Basic Algebra 2, and Basic Calculus AB.

Radio: WGMU Summer Podcast and Radio Camp

Age/Grade Level(s): Ages 12–17
Location: Fairfax Campus
 Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio and Student Media, rsmith6@gmu.edu, 703-993-2874
Description: WGMU'S Summer Podcast and Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment! Students will get a chance to produce podcasts and be a deejay and play music over WGMU, streamed around the world from our website. Learn from broadcast professionals how to write, edit, and produce podcasts. Learn how to produce a live DJ show and produce commercials, promos, and public service announcements.

Science: Aspiring Inventors Club

Ages: High school and undergraduate university students
Fairfax Campus
Contact: Andrea Cobb, College of Science, acobb4@gmu.edu
Description: The Aspiring Inventors Club is an eight-week, hands-on learning experience for high school and undergraduate university students. They work in small teams to choose a challenge of interest to them, then work in small teams to address the challenge with their original invention. They will be advised by a local expert in the field. During the Aspiring Inventors Club, participants learn the fundamentals of inventorship, product design, and commercialization. Club members learn basic creativity skills to identify problems and needs in the market to ultimately build a prototype solution to their identified problem.

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