Virtual STEM Camps
Investing in Your Future
Stuck at home? Immerse yourself in the exciting world of science through our two-week virtual STEM Camps! Taught by real scientists and experts, this unique experience will expose high school students to cutting edge science research while encouraging them to think outside of the box. Participants can expect to gain skills in scientific research, communication, and critical thinking. This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside graduate and PhD-level scientists while gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to pursue a career in a STEM-related field. Participating students will receive a certificate from the Academy and access to curated resources to support their self-discovery in STEM.
We are now accepting registrations for Spring 2021. Our two-week camps will run April 5-16, Monday to Friday from 4-6pm EST. The cost of camp is $495 per student.
In this course we will power our brain gym, or new neuron generation, and its importance to combat mental health disorders. You will analyze brain functionality through behavioral test studies and validate your results using biostatistics in a friendly user way. Finally, we will explore ways to improve our brain gym using meditation, art, and music.
Instructor: Dr. Sylvia Ortega-Martinez, Neuroscientist
In this workshop, you will learn what genetic ancestry is and how to determine an individual's ancestral origins using two types of genetic tests: autosomal and mitochondrial DNA tests. You will use publicly available genetic data from worldwide populations to determine an individual's autosomal and mitochondrial DNA ancestry. You will understand the importance of genetic ancestry in understanding our ancient origins and in health and disease. You will finally learn the process of performing a human genetic study including DNA collection and sequencing, data analysis, and communicating findings. Course topics include biology, genetics, programming, and statistics.
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Magnaye, Human Geneticist, University of Chicago
We will explore fundamental knowledge on blood vessel structure and function and cardiovascular diseases. Alongside, we will look into blood vessels computational modeling and its practical applications in biomedical engineering. Students will ultimately work collaboratively to design fluidic devices with research applications to provide answers and solutions to prevalent cardiovascular problems.
Instructor: Andrés Moya-Rodríguez, PhD Candidate in Biophysics, University of Chicago
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment to fully participate?
Online sessions will meet weekdays, Monday to Friday from 4:00-6:00pm EST. Additionally, students can expect to spend between 5-10 hours outside of class on activities and projects.
Who is eligible to register?
Our STEM Camps are for high school students (grades 9-12) only.
What is the target student learner profile?
The ideal student is self-motivated and eager to deepen their understanding of STEM-related subjects.
Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites other than an interest in STEM-related subjects.
How do I register my student?
Select the camp that you are interested in and scroll down to register.
Are there registration & payment deadlines?
Payment is due immediately upon registration. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 31.
How much does this course cost?
The two-week camp costs $495/student.
Are discounts or scholarship funds available?
Unfortunately, discounts and scholarships are not available at this time. We hope that this is something we can offer need-based students in the future.
What is the cancellation & refund policy?
All registrations and payments are final and nonrefundable. Families are not able to reschedule or transfer into a different camp, once registered, so please consider course choices carefully. The Academy has the right to cancel the camp for any reason. If for any reason the Academy, cancels or postpones camp, registered participants will have the option to receive a refund or credit.
Who do I contact with additional questions regarding registration & billing?
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will students earn a certificate (or other credit) for successfully completing a STEM Camp?
Students will earn a certificate from the Academy for successfully completing a STEM Camp.
What are the technical requirements (device hardware, installed software, internet speed, etc.) to participate?
The courses will be delivered via Zoom. A laptop or computer (Macs & PC’s both ok) with access to the Internet is required. In some cases, access to mobile devices will also be required. Additional software requirements vary by camp - please see individual STEM Camp details for more information.
Who do I contact for I.T. support before & during the course?
If you are experiencing issues for any reason, you can contact email@example.com.
How do I share feedback about the course?
You can share feedback directly with the instructor or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Families will also be invited to complete a survey at the conclusion of the program, to provide additional feedback.