Summer Programs

There is no reason to sit around all summer watching TV (what's TV?) or playing video games.  Get out, learn new skills, and make new friends.  There are plenty of summer programs available at low or no cost.  Some applications are already open, while some programs are still in development.  Check back frequently as we will continue to update this list as information becomes available.  And, if you have a program to recommend, please send that information to Nadyne Shimada at nshimada@theaskacademy.org.
 
Below are links to programs in the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque area: 
 
Here's the link for the Sandoval County Summer Youth Employment Program for teens age 15-17.  Get some work experience and get paid at the same time.  Applications open March 25, 2020 and are due April 5, 2020.  https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/departments/human-resources/summer-youth-program/
 
Summer programs for Middle School Scholars:
 
    • Engineering and Robotics Summer Camp - to enroll click here
    • New Mexico State University runs a variety of very popular STEM summer camps and they fill-up quickly.  Check out their programs here:  https://stem.nmsu.edu/summer-camp/
    • Alexa Cafe:  All Girls STEM Camp, ages 10-15.  This program costs approximately $1,000 for a week-long residential program.  It is offered in various locations throughout the United States, but not in New Mexico.  Nevertheless, check it out and plan your family vacation around it.  https://www.idtech.com/alexa-cafe
    • CNM is planning to offer a SciGirls Summer Camp, as well as a camp in the trades where students get to build items like furniture and rooms (seriously, that is what they told me).  They will be releasing program information and registration in mid-March.  https://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/career-technical-education/cnm-summer-camp
    • MathCamp is available to all students born after August 9, 2001 and is held at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.  The program runs from July 5 to August 9 and is a competitive application.  Tuition is $4,500, but free for families with incomes below $65,000 per year.  Scholarships are also available for middle-income families.  Applications are now open and due March 12.  https://www.mathcamp.org/about_mathcamp/
    • Joint Science and Technology Institute for middle school students (entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades) is a one-week, fully-funded, residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research program that provides middle school students the opportunity to solve and complete STEM challenges and projects. The hands-on projects provide students with opportunities to develop problem-solving and collaboration skills. The purpose of the program is to provide students with an opportunity to solve STEM challenges while working as a member of a small team and to inspire them to become lifelong STEM learners.This year, the program will be July 25-31. Eligibility restrictions apply and applications close April 12.  Here's the link for more information and the application:  https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/JSTI-APG-MS-2020
 
 
Summer Programs for High School Scholars:
Why not experience life outside of your home by going away for a couple of weeks?  The best way to get a feel for college is to try a college experience.
 
    • New Mexico Tech Summer STEM Experience will be offering two sessions this summer:  June 14-19 and July 12-17.  It is available to all current sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and who have completed Algebra 1.  They are offering a variety of courses ranging from biology, chemistry, petroleum engineering, computer science, and mathematics, depending on the session.  The fee is $500 which covers tuition, housing, meals, 1 college credit, and materials.  https://www.nmt.edu/stem/sse/Summer%20STEM%202020.pdf
    • New Mexico State University runs a variety of very popular STEM summer camps and they fill-up quickly so check out their programs here:  https://stem.nmsu.edu/summer-camp/
    • Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) at Penn State is a two-week residential program for high school students interested in obtaining a business education in college.  It’s an opportunity for these students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. Participants will also get a glimpse of what college life is like by living in residence halls during their two-week stay on Penn State’s University Park campus. This is a competitive application with a $50 registration fee if you are accepted.  Housing, meals, and tuition is provided, but not travel costs.  https://www.smeal.psu.edu/diversity/business-opportunities-summer-session-boss
    • Alexa Cafe is an all girls STEM Camp, ages 10-15.  This program costs approximately $1,000 for a week-long residential program.  It is offered in various locations throughout the United States, but not in New Mexico.  Nevertheless, check it out and plan your family vacation around it.  https://www.idtech.com/alexa-cafe
    • Carnegie Mellon University Summer Opportunities for Access and Inclusion offers six-week residential programs starting June 27 and ending August 8.  There are a variety of programs at exhorbitant cost but there are really cool offerings.  The Summer Academy for Math and Science is free.  This is a competitive application with a $100 registration fee if you are accepted.  Housing, meals, and tuition are provided, but not travel costs.  There will be an additional expense for books.  Scholarships are available for the other programs.  If I had any talent, I would look at the National High School Gaming Academy. https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/
    • Cornell University's Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science.  The application is competitive and the cost is $1,450 plus travel.  Scholarships are available and if you are an underrepresented minority (African-American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) and/or a first generation college student, the tuition is waived.  https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/
    • Telluride Association Summer Program (TASS and TASP) for sophomores and juniors is a free six-week intensive seminar.  Unfortunately applications are due in early to mid-January so the application window is closed, but keep this in mind for next year.  https://www.tellurideassociation.org/our-programs/high-school-students/summer-program-juniors-tasp/
    • Minority Introduction to Engineering and Sciences (MITES) is a six-week residential program for current high school juniors at MIT from June 22 to August 2.  Students take five courses (physics, calculus, life sciences, humanities, and a STEM elective class), each with homework and exams.  During the program, students will also participate in social events and build a community with their peers.  Typically geared to underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American), underserved populations (low income), first in the family to attend college, as well as families with a lack of engineering and science degrees.  Tuition, housing, and meals are provided.  You just need to get there.  https://oeop.mit.edu/programs
    • MathCamp is available to all students born after August 9, 2001 and is held at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.  The program runs from July 5 to August 9 and is a competitive application.  Tuition is $4,500, but free for families with incomes below $65,000 per year.  Scholarships are also available for middle-income families.  Applications are now open and due March 12.  https://www.mathcamp.org/about_mathcamp/
    • National Youth Science Camp is for graduating seniors only.  If you show exceptional aptitude and a passion for science, you need to attend this camp!  It is held between June 22 and July 15 in Davis, West Virginia.  This is an extremely competitive application as only two delegates per state are selected to attend.  It is completely free and you will meet students from all over the United States who are beginning the same journey as you.  Every student who has attended this camp has declared it a life changing experience, and not just because they did not sleep for an entire month.  http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nyscamp/
    • The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is one of the only programs of its kind offering a free, innovative residential journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Over ten days every summer, up to 40 students from across the country explore current events and world affairs through workshops and lectures led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and alumni on campus. The summer program culminates in the publication of the Princeton Summer Journal, the student-produced newspaper. During their senior year, students are matched with a personal college adviser, who will work with them on their college admissions process.  https://psjp.princeton.edu/
    • USC Bovard Scholars offers a three-week summer residency on the USC campus where students experience college life first-hand where you learn how to attend top-tier schools, receive support in assessing and developing your ideal career, and receive personalized test preparation tailored to your identified career.  It is free for students and USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside Southern California.  Unfortunately, applications closed January 17, but this is a program current sophomores need to think about.  https://bovardscholars.usc.edu/our-program/
    • Joint Science and Technology Institute is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students (entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades) in the United States and Department of Defense schools around the world. Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists and other subject matter experts. The purpose of the program is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research.  This year, the program runs from June 6-19.  There is also a program at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD.  Applications are now open and will close April 12.  https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/JSTI-ABQ-Students-2020
    • Society of Military Engineers offers week-long residential camps, held in conjunction with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.  These camps are held at the service academies and designed for rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students who excel in math, science and technology. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed services.  The camps range in price from $100 to approximately $1,000, excluding travel.  Applications are due March 16.  https://www.same.org/stemcamps
    • Research Science Institute at MIT is one of the most competitive five week residential programs in the U.S.  Students selected for participation in this program will conduct research in various laboratories in the greater Boston area.  It is recommended that PSAT Math Scores be at least 740 or higher and the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score be 700 or higher. ACT math scores should be at least 33 and verbal scores at least 34. Lower scores must be offset by strong indicators of mathematical, scientific, and academic potential exemplified in recommendations, high school grades, and science activities.  The application window opens in November and closes mid-January.  https://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
    • The Summer Science Program is a 30-day residential research program held at four universities (NM Tech, UC Boulder, Purdue, and Indiana University).  It is generally targeted for students who have completed their junior year because of the required prerequisite courses in advanced math and science.  However, if you meet admissions requirements by the end of your sophomore year, you will be considered.  There is a cost, but that should not prevent you from applying because generous scholarships based on merit are available.  https://summerscience.org/the-ssp-experience/what-is-ssp/
    • Boy's/Girl's State teaches high school juniors about the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of U.S. citizens, along with the structure of city, country, and state governments. This intensive one-week program divides students into parties, elects officials, and works to carry out basic functions such as writing, proposing, and passing bills. Other Boys/Girls State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses, and recreational programs.  There is a $25 registration fee if you are selected to attend.  Boy's State is held at Eastern New Mexico University, May 26-31, http://www.nmboysstate.org/  Girl's State will also be held at Eastern New Mexico University, May 31-June 5, http://www.alanmgirlsstate.org/
    • The St. John's College Summer Academy is based on the great books reading program.  Each week long session is based on a theme and students take classes in two of the following subject areas:  laboratory science, mathematics, language, music, visual arts or rhetoric.  Students also participate in a discussion seminar in the selected subject areas with other students and faculty member.  The fee of $1,100 includes tuition, housing, and meals for the week.  The food at St. John's is great. 
    • The Health Careers Academy is a four-week summer program for rising sophomores and juniors .  It will be held at the UNM campus in Rio Rancho and will provide experiential learning with academic enhancement opportunities related to health careers.  Learn to take vital signs, get CPR and First Aid Certified, shadow health care professionals, do some service learning, and receive a stipend upon completion of the program.  You must be a resident of Sandoval County, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be a current sophomore or junior, have parental permission, and be able to attend the entire program between June 1 and June 26.  Applications open February 3 and must be received or postmarked by March 25.  For more information and the application, go to https://hsc.unm.edu/programs/diversity/student-programs/health-careers-academy.html
    • Summer Engineering Academy at UNM is a free four-week program (June 8-July 3) sponsored by the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)-UNITE Program, and other agencies and corporations.  It offers four weeks of hands-on activities and learning experiences in all areas of engineering and computer science.  Students meet with engineering and computer science students, as well as STEM faculty at UNM and industry professionals through activities and field trips.  Students going into the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are eligible to participate.  Aimed at students from populations that are historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields, students completing the four-week program earn a stipend of $100/week for participation.  Go to: https://ess.unm.edu/programs/k-12-opportunities/ess-summer-programs/index.html for more information about eligibility requirements and applications (which are due March 31).
    • Summer Transportation Institute at UNM is a free three-week (July 12-July 31) residential program designed to give students the experience of living in a college dorm while engaging in engineering activities.  Sponsored by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and the NM DOT, students experience a variety of STEM and transportation related learning activities.  There are also college prep courses, field trips, and hands-on workshops.  Students going into the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are eligible for participation.  Go to:  https://ess.unm.edu/assets/ess-programs/ess-summer-programs/index.html for more information and the application.  Applications are due between March and May 15.