These camps are designed specifically to provide you with the opportunity to go hands-on and in-depth across disciplines. Learn critical-thinking skills and explore science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. What will you discover this summer?
Curiosity Challenge (Grades 4-5) June 24 - 28, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at University of Portland
- It all began with curiosity? Albert Einstein believed he had no special talent beyond being passionately curious. Explore the science of observation, art of questions and power of curiosity. Can the sun power a car? How do pollinators find specific plants? Why do stars shine? Your challenge is to find questions that have yet to be answered!
Academic Summit (Grades 6-8) June 24 - 28, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at University of Portland
- Powered by nature. From photosynthesis to solar power - nature is the source of life and human innovation. Explore renewable energy, artificial intelligence in food systems, astronomy, and art and biomimicry design for solutions to global challenges. Imagine a future where creativity, biology and technology work together towards social innovation.
Drone Academy: Become a Pilot! (Grades 10-12) July 15 - 19, 9 AM - 4 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Portland State University
- Learn to fly & prepare for certification! Prepare for drone pilot certification while exploring the profession. Learn hands-on how to fly safely using a small drone while studying aeronautics, navigation, airspace, weather, and more in a lively classroom course. Learn from industry professionals to broaden your career horizons. This course prepares you to become a certified Remote Pilot In Command (RPIC), a test available to students 16 years and older.
Debate & Policy in Action (Grades 9 – 12) Aug. 5 - 9, 9 AM - 4 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Northwest Academy
- Take a stand with Portland Urban Debate League! Research and debate a topic of national importance in depth, such as health care, immigration and international treaties. Learn logic, argumentation, speaking skills, and cross-examination techniques. Gain greater confidence in public speaking and learn about ways to compete in policy debate during the school year!
Kid Lawyer Camp: Juliana v. U.S. (Grades 6-8) - Aug. 5 - 9, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at St. Agatha School
- Let your voice be heard, kids make a difference! The jury’s out, so present your case to ensure justice is served. Discover what it takes to master the art of cross examining a witness and delivering a closing statement. Investigate the case that kids in Florida brought to the courts called Juliana v. US, where youth are challenging the US government to take responsibility for climate change and their future. Examine all sides, including how journalists communicate news and help shape the views of society.
STEM Career Exploration (Grades 9-12) July 22 - 26, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, Five Meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Portland Community College - Rock Creek
- Meet professionals in STEM fields. Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are evolving rapidly. Through hands-on activities and site visits, explore an array of STEM fields, from biology and chemistry to math and engineering, plus relatively new fields such as microelectronics and environmental science.
Model United Nations Camp (Grades 8-10) Aug. 12 - 16, 9 AM - 4 PM, Five meetings, Mon. - Fri. at Portland State University
- Where scientific research and global policy meet. As a delegate of one of 193 countries in the United Nations, learn to research, negotiate and debate a country’s interests and risks on climate change policy. Delegates will debate “nationally determined contributions” to adopt at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.