Goal 1 Resources: Facilitate P–16 STEM Education Outreach
Cultivate sustained, coordinated preschool through undergraduate partnerships to engage students in STEM experiences early and consistently, involving university faculty and students to meet STEM education challenges.
RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE:
- P-16 students: STEM summer camps; academic year STEM activities; Science Olympiad.
- Information for other stakeholders about P-16 STEM education.
1. News Stories
Short news stories about P–16 activities on the Illinois campus.
2. I-STEM Campus Affiliates Directory
Directory of Urbana-Champaign campus personnel interested in STEM education, including those particularly interested in P–16 STEM education outreach.
3. Funded Projects Directory
Directory of current externally funded P–16 STEM education outreach projects on the Illinois campus.
4. Funding Opportunities
External funding opportunities for P–16 STEM education outreach activities and research.
5. P-16 STEM Education Outreach Resources
Opportunities for students from preschool through high school (P-12) and for post-high students (through Grade 16) from outside this campus.
P–16 Student STEM Activities on and off Campus
P–16 Summer Camps
Camp information will be updated as it becomes available. For planning purposes, most camps are held around the same time every year.
- ACES Research Apprentice Program I: Research program for high school freshmen & sophomores of under-served/economically disadvantaged groups. Introduces studens to careers in agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences via a series of visits and seminars held at various businesses orfacilities where they will learn about various aspects of food science, product development, manufacturing and marketing, then develop a presentation based on what they have learned. Dates: July 6–August 2, 2014.
- ACES Research Apprentice Program II: Laboratory Component: Research experience for previous RAP I students and other high school juniors of under-served groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Intensive seven-week laboratory and academic enrichment experience for students interested in further exploring careers in the food, human, and environmental sciences. Dates: June 5–August 23, 2014.
- Camp Invention: Sponsored by the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, Camp Invention is a fun-filled adventure fostering inventive-thinking skills, science literacy, history and the arts in four activity-oriented modules created for children entering grades 1–6. Directed and taught by local teachers, children are challenged to identify solutions to real-world problems and are immersed in challenges that draw upon their sense of curiosity. At "Morphed!" this summer, children entering grades one through six spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine!. 2014 Dates: June 23-27, 2014. 2014 Camp Invention will be held at Next Generation School Cost: $195 through March 28; $220 from March 29 on. Toll free number for information: 800.968.4332.
- Canaan Academy Summer Enrichment Program: Canaan Academy is offering a summer of academics and camp activities daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Serving students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, which ranges from ages 3-11, the program is open to non-Canaan Academy students as well. Afternoon camp activities include sports, crafts, museum visits, and more. For more information, contact Principal Bryant J. Tatum at 217-367-6590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates for 2014 TBA; Summer 2013 dates were: June 10–July 19, 2013. Application deadline: May 1, 2013.
- Castle Quest Camp: Time to put on your armor and join this 3-day summer camp on medieval Europe. Participants construct castles, catapults, drawbridges, armor, and water wheels while learning about the technologies and cultures of the time period. This program is recommended for students entering grades 3–7 in fall 2013. Space is limited to 16 participants. For further information, contact Brook Taylor at 217-265-0474 or email@example.com. Dates for 2014 TBA (2013 dates were July 24-26, 2013.) Cost: $110.
- Discover Architecture Pre-College Summer Program: High school juniors and seniors learn about a career in architecture. Scholarships available. Dates: Session 1: June 15–28, 2014 (deadline: May 15, 2014); Session 2: July 6–19, 2014 (deadline: June 6, 2014). Application.
- Discover Engineering: Discover Engineering is a one-week residential camp for rising sophomores (graduating in 2016) who are interested in math and science. Students will work on several projects that will incorporate different aspects of engineering. Dates: July 20–26, 2014.
- Exploring Your Options (EYO): This is a week-long residential program that introduces high school rising juniors and seniors (graduating in 2015 or 2016) to the field of engineering. EYO is held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Participants will interact with engineering students and faculty members, plan and build a project, and engage in hands-on activities prepared by departments within the College of Engineering. Dates: Session 1: June 8–14, 2014; Session II: July 6–12, 2014.
- G.A.M.E.S.: G.A.M.E.S is an annual week-long camp designed to give academically talented high-school-aged girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields. GAMES 2013 is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in Fall 2014. Dates: July 13–July 19, 2014. Online application. Camp topics include:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science/App Development
- Computer Science/Robotics
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Materials: GLAM (Girls Learn About Materials)
- Mechanical Engineering: G-BAM (Girls Building Awesome Machines)
- GEMS—Girls Engaged in Math and Science: The GEMS program in Illinois' Computer Science Department targets middle school girls in east Central Illinois and is one of the few sustained outreach programs that has been successfully implemented since 1994. It is intended to encourage girls to consider STEM careers, to gain confidence in using authentic computer tools for math and science, to increase their higher level thinking skills, and to encourage them to take advanced-level mathematics and science courses in high school and college. the GEMS camp this year will focus on Mathematics and Computer Science related activities. Dates for 2014: TBA. (2013 dates: Session 1: June 17-21, 2013; Session 2: June 24-28, 2013. Register by April 20, 2013.
- Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp: For students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about the fields of aerospace engineering and aviation. There will be two sessions: Session I: June 15–21; Session II: July 20–26, 2014. Applications must be postmarked by April 15. Early application is encouraged—space is limited. Institute slots are usually filled prior to April 15.
- Illini Summer Academies: Offers teens the opportunity to explore the Illinois campus and potential degree programs and/or careers. University faculty and staff plan interactive learning sessions to provide delegates an overview of actual college classes required in various majors. Dates: June 22–25, 2014. Early-bird registration ends April 15, 2014. Regular registration will be open April 15 to May 21, 2014.
- Next Generation School Summer Day Camp is an affordable, safe, fun program for students. Activities include swimming at local water parks; weekly field trips; guest speakers, math and science labs, and team-building games. Dates: 5/26/14-8/15/14; topics vary by week.
- 5/26-5/30/14: Polymers
- 6/2-6/6/14: Astronomy
- 6/9-6/13/14: Art Restoration
- 6/16-6/20/14: Forensics
- 6/23-6/27/14: Oceanography
- 6/30-7/3/14: Fireworks
- 7/7-7/11/14: Wild West
- 7/14-7/18/14: Rain Forests
- 7/21-7/25/14: Food Science
- 7/28-8/01/14: Geography
- 8/4-08/8/14: Kitchen Chemistry
- 8/11-8/15/14: Time Travel
- Next Generation Middle School Science Summer Camp is an affordable, safe, fun program for students. Activities include swimming at local water parks; weekly field trips; guest speakers, math and science labs, and team-building games. The program is open to Next Generation School students and students at other schools in our community. You may register for the entire summer or for specific weeks. Space is limited. Ages: 11-13; campers must completed fifth grade). Dates for 2014 May 26-August 15th. Topics vary by week, listed in Next Generation Summer Day Camp notice above. Contact: Gabi Cooper, Danelle LaFoe, Krystal Moya, or Kristin Sandone: 217.356.6995. To register forspecific weeks, please register no later than May 9, 2014.Registration/Info Flyer
- Next Generation Summer Scholars Program provides an opportunity for students who have completed grades K–8 to explore various topics (follow above link for info/registration form. Groups limited to 15 students. Dates for 2014 TBA. Full payment due by May 09, 2014. Registration/Info Flyer
- Orpheum Children's Science Museum Discovery Field Trips and Summer Camps: The Orpheum Musem offers a variety of camps and activities for children grades K–5. For more information call 217-531-3555.
- Pollen Power: Hosted by the Institute for Genomic Biology on the University of Illinois campus, the camp will provide an opportunity for girls to study plant responses to climate change in the distant past and the coming century. Research groups of 8 to 10 campers led by a female graduate student will use million dollar microscopes to image pollen, giving the campers first-hand experience in a research environment with female mentors. The camp is designed for middle school age girls with an interest in plants and the environment. Dates: July 7–11, 2014. Apply here.
- Prairie Research Institute Science Camp: The Prairie Research Inistitute is offering its first summer camp in 2013. This camp is for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in fall 2013. During the week-long camp, students will work with scientists in labs and in the field. Applications deadline TBA. Dates July 21–25, 2014.
- Urbana Schools District STEM Enrichment Camp: Two-week program of exciting math, science, and technology activities for students entering 1st–8th grades. View the full list of classes. Dates: June 3–13, 2013; Time: 8:30 am-4:00 pm; Location: Urbana Middle School.
- University Laboratory High School Enrichment Camp: Open to students entering 5th and 6th grade, this camp offers sessions in many areas, including robotics, engineering & science, and more. 2013 dates - Session 1: June 3-7; Session 2: June 10–14. Applications due April 22, 2013. Camp brochure; Session 1 descriptions; Session 2 descriptions.
- University Primary School Summer Camp: University Primary School will offer summer camp for students with and without disabilities, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3–28 for 3- to 7-year-olds (Garden Camp) and 8- to 12-year-olds (Science/Art Camp). Older campers have space available for all four weeks. Dates for 2013: 6/3/13–6/28/13. 2013 Camp Brochure and Registration Form.
- USDA Ag Discovery Program: Learn about careers in plant, animal, and veterinary sciences, and learn how the USDA protects the American food supply. Over 4 weeks, students will live on the Illinois campus and have hands-on experiences in animal and plant labs, conducting small lab exercises under supervision of plant and animal scientists, and veterinarians. Field trips will be to USDA facilities, agricultural businesses, conservation areas, and zoological facilities to experience the vast aspects of the food and agriculture system. Students enhance academic skills in math, science and computers. A 7-week second laboratory research experience during summer 2014 provides opportunities to further explore specific interests related to plants, animals, and the environment. The program is in partnership with the Research Apprentice Program and funded by USDA APHIS. Dates: 6/6/14–8/02/14: Registration deadline: April 1, 2014.
- Young Scholars Program: A summer and first-year academic experience provided for new freshmen pursuing an undergraduate studies offered through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. YSP is designed to provide summer academic experiences to create a successful transition to Illinois and increase academic performance during the first academic year for new ACES majors.
Students participate in a 4-week intensive academic review of math, general chemistry and writing skills during the summer prior to the fall semester on the Illinois campus. Early peer counseling and career advising are additional summer components. All expenses such as food, lodging and books are covered. Approximately 20-25 students will be accepted into this academic component.
All YSP participants will participate in peer advising and skill development sessions througout the academic year. All students will be assigned to a graduate student mentor who will monitor student performance and provide academic intervention if needed. Dates: 7/6/14–8/02/14.
P–16 Academic Year Programs
Updates for 2012–2013 academic year programs will be added as information becomes available.
- Academic Challenge: Science/engineering test competitions for high school students. The competition has three levels: regionals (February), sectionals (March), and state finals (April) on the Illinois campus.
- Engineering Advocates: Illinois Engineering students visit K–12 schools to share their knowledge and love of engineering with @ 6000 youth per year. They conduct hands-on workshops at elementary and middle schools and make a PowerPoint presentation about engineering careers and admission to Illinois at high schools; they also conduct workshops for groups such as Girl Scouts and participate in conferences and career fairs for middle and high school students.
- Engineering Days for high school students: Engineering Days is one of the best ways for prospective engineering students to see what being an engineer is all about. During the course of the day, you will learn about the different engineering fields, visit cutting-edge labs, talk to current college students about life as an engineering student, and get a good look at one of the nation's top rated engineering universities. February 28, 2014; March 21, 2014; April 11, 2014; April 25, 2014. Register here. Dates for Fall 2014 TBA.
- Engineering Open House 2014: This annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students. The exposition attracts thousands of visitors to the Illinois campus each year and stands as the largest event of its kind in the country. EOH brings together students, faculty, and corporate sponsors to feature cutting-edge innovation in the fields of science and technology. Dates: March 14–15, 2014.
- Engineering Information Bureau: Programs for prospective students to learn about Illinois engineering opportunities: Engineering Campus Tours; Engineering Advocates; Engineering Days: Shadow an Engineer; Women in Engineering.
- ExplorACES: A two-day event to acquaint prospective students and their families with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES): March 14–15, 2014.
- FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology): International competition where students explore science and technology through robotics. Illinois hosts a regional Lego Robotics competition every December. Engineering supports Robotics (ages 9–14), and Vex Robotics (high school). AP Physics teachers use Vex Robotics as a hands-on approach to physics.
- GeoJam 2014: This event invites mathematics students at Central High School and Edison Middle School in Champaign, along with their families and friends, to participate in teams and enjoy an evening of fun geometric challenges. The competition is designed for teenage students and their families from the Champaign community who may not have a history of performing well in school mathematics. Date and Times for 2014: TBA. (GeoJam 2013 was May 9, 2013 from 8am to 11:30am at Edison Middle School and from 6 to 8pm at Central High School. Registration for GeoJam at Central High School will open at 5:30pm in Seely Hall.
- ICTM State Math Contest: The University of Illinois hosts the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Math Contest each spring. The state finals will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The 2014 regional contest will be held at Parkland College on March 1, 2014.
- Vet Med Open House. This annual student-led event features more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations showcases the art and science of veterinary education and practice and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the most comprehensive veterinary facility in Illinois, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The event is appropriate for all ages, including many hands-on learning opportunities for children. Prospective veterinary students can attend an informational session about admission to the state's only veterinary degree program. Date for 2014: TBA. (2013 date was October 6.
Updates regarding scholarships, including current application deadlines, will be added as information becomes available.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). NIH UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:
- Scholarship support
- Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
- Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation
- Play the Game/Change the Game Scholarship. Up to $20,000 ($10,000 a year) scholarship for undergraduate students who want to become credentialed math teachers and teach at high-needs schools. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to deepen their math teacher knowledge, increase their math pedagogy IQ, receive support during first years of teaching, and inspire students to choose STEM majors and careers. Online Application coming soon.
6. Miscellaneous P-16 STEM Education Resources
Science competitions for K-12 students at the regional, state, and national levels.
- Who: U.S. students age 13 through grade 12 are eligible for prizes.
- Contest registration opens 1:00 pm EST on January 13, 2014;
- The qualifying round will begin on 1:00 pm, January 14, 2014 end at 1:00 PM EST on May 2, 2014, 2014.
- The 2014 contest will begin on January 13, 2014; the qualifying round will begin on 1:00 pm, January 14, 2014 end at 1:00 PM EST on May 2, 2014, 2014.
- The Semi-Final Round will be from 1:00 pm to 3:0 pm EDT on May 30, 2014.
- The Final Round will be on June 27-29, 2014 (location to be announced).
- Prizes: Each member of the first-place team earns a $5,000 cash scholarship. Each finalist wins a Dell laptop computer.
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community. eCYBERMISSION is a National Science Teachers Association and Army Educational Outreach Program.