February 9, 2017

Academic Camps

WGMU Radio Camp
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
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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

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

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, 703-993-5050
Website: wyse.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Ages: Qualifying high schoolers (rising juniors and seniors/high school graduation years 2022 and 2023)
Description: WYSE is a week-long experiential learning program for high-achieving 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.

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, 703-993-5050
Website: wjmc.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Ages: Qualifying high schoolers (rising juniors and seniors/high school graduation years 2022 and 2023)
Description: WJMC is a week-long experiential learning program for high-achieving 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.

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 (In-Person)
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.

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

Contact: Dr. J. E. Lin, George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, talentedyouth@gmail.com, 703-973-6889
Website: mtty.gmu.edu
Location: Virtual
Ages: Grades 7–12
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

Contact: Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio and Student Media, rsmith6@gmu.edu, 703-993-2874
Website: Click here
Age/Grade Level(s): Ages 12–17
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
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

Contact: Marissa Howard
Website: Click here
Location: Virtual
Ages: Rising 10th graders through college undergraduates
Description: The 2021 Aspiring Inventor’s Club will address the world’s most significant challenges in engineering, global health, social wellness, and sustainability. Students will choose a challenging area that a local expert in the field will advise. The Aspiring Inventors Club is an eight-week remote, online course that teaches students the fundamentals of inventorship, product design, and commercialization. The students are taught basic skills in creativity to identify problems and needs in the market to build a prototype solution to their identified problem. By the club’s end, students can complete a draft of a patent application for their intervention.

Science: Introduction to Hands-On Data Science Using R

Contact: Dominic White, College of Science, dwhite34@gmu.edu
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus (In-Person)
Description: This course explores the fundamentals of data science, with hands-on applications from analyzing which baseball team might win next year's World Series, to tracking the spread of COVID-19 around the world. A majority of the course will be dedicated to learning and applying skills through practical activities. These will teach you data structures and visualization techniques, how to find and analyze data from open source or private data sets, and how to use compelling methods to describe your findings. Students will need access to a laptop computer capable of installing the open-source R programming language and the RStudio editor (both are free, and installation instructions will be provided at the start of the course).

STEM Bridge Camp

Contact: Julia Nord, STEM Accelerator, stemcos@gmu.edu
Website: science.gmu.edu/STEMcamps
Location: Fairfax Campus, Hybrid (In-Person and Online)
Age(s): Incoming Mason freshmen
Description: Experience science courses and the college lifestyle before the fall semester. In this two-day intensive, students review lab protocol, exam preparation, and lectures with Mason faculty. There will also be short advising, career sessions, and a virtual evening hangout. This camp is hybrid with options for in-person and online participation. Students can choose to reside on Mason’s Fairfax Campus for the night, commute to and from camp, or attend online.

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