UM Summer Programs Offer Fun and Scholarship Opportunities for K-12 Campers – The Oxford Eagle


The University of Mississippi’s Office of Pre-College Programs is offering kids a variety of opportunities to learn and have fun this summer through a variety of camp options. Programs focusing on themes such as robotics, creative writing, video games and the culinary arts make up an exciting new lineup for 2022.

The goal is to provide children with experiences that “inspire and empower them to explore what they love and discover themselves as future college students,” said Wendy Pfrenger, associate director of pre-college programs.

“Summer should be a time for kids to go deep and explore their skills and interests,” Pfrenger said. “A lot of camps are fun, but ours are both fun and rewarding—intellectually, socially, experientially.

“I send my own kids to these programs, and they always come home changed for the better.”

For elementary school students, the Ecological day camp provides a hands-on experience at the University Field Station. Over the course of six weeks beginning June 6, participants will study wildlife and learn from educators and conservationists.

rebel search Day camps are an annual community favorite. You will explore different topics each week; some of this year’s are Time Traveler, Space is the Place, and Dragons and Griffins and Trolls, Oh My! Aspiring first and sixth graders can register for the camps, which begin May 31 and last through July.

That Makers and Mechanisms Day Camp, which runs June 13-17 and June 27-July 1, allows aspiring fifth through seventh graders to create and craft their own projects and build machines. Topics are “Grandpa’s Garage”, “Chain Reaction” and “Sculptures and Dioramas”.

Aspiring sixth, seventh, and eighth graders can learn to build autonomous robots through this FIRST LEGO robotics campwhich runs from July 11th to 15th.

That Rebel Chefs Cooking Camp, taking place June 13-17, allows sixth and eighth graders to have first-hand cooking experience in the kitchen while learning about local produce and nutrition. You will learn about food and kitchen safety, basic and advanced cooking techniques and prepare your own recipes.

That rocket league Esports Camp will be offered June 13-17 for aspiring ninth through twelfth graders. Participants can participate in in-person game and training sessions with both the coaching staff and college players.

“This year, our Esports team has partnered with us to create some exciting new ways for kids to take their game to the next level,” said Pfrenger. “In our week-long esports workshop, we will not only play games, but teach them how to cultivate the kind of mindset and presence that will make them successful as potential college esports players — and healthier, more well-rounded gamers. ”

Aspiring ninth through twelfth graders with an interest in art and literature may enroll in the Reading and illustration workshop, set for June 13-17. This unique offering guides students through reading and illustrating the novel All You Need is Kill. The final project is to paint a cover for the book.

High school students have the opportunity to begin their college journey with programs that focus on preparing for admissions processes and various aspects of university life. college 101 is filled with tips, training, and workshops focused on financial aid, choosing a major, and even ACT preparation. The week starts on June 13th.

That jumpstart Incoming Freshman Program is accepting applications. JumpStart allows high school seniors to begin their freshman year in the summer. Students will experience a similar schedule to Fall, but supplemented with supportive activities.

Aspiring 9th to 12th graders who are interested in a career in pharmacy are eligible to participate ℞ebel Camp: Introduction to Pharmacy Career June 6th to 10th or July 11th to 15th. Students learn about the profession from faculty, staff and alumni. You will also get a glimpse of the National Center for Natural Product Research and the university’s medicinal plant garden.

Campers will leave with a better understanding of career paths in pharmacy, as well as a sense of community within the school and university, said Lindsey Cooper, admissions coordinator at the School of Pharmacy.

“Summer at Ole Miss is so much fun — it’s a great way for prospective students to explore campus at a slower pace,” said Cooper. “℞ebel Camp is a specialized experience for students to explore the diverse careers in pharmacy.

“During the week-long workshop, students will gain hands-on practice in the compounding lab, take field trips to unique locations like the Memphis Zoo, and visit our state-of-the-art research facilities.”

That Engineering Summer Academy at UM allows participants to become familiar with engineering as a major. You will experience demonstrations, hands-on activities, short lectures, team-based problem solving, and industrial/laboratory tours. The June 13-17 program is open to ninth through twelfth graders for registration.

Scholarships are available to students of all income and educational levels.

“We’re working hard to make sure all of these programs are affordable for families,” Pfrenger said. “The university funds most of our financial aid, but we also have some wonderful regional and national partners who support scholarships for students with academic talent and financial need.”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities, visit this page or email [email protected] You can find more information about all the offers in the summer program at Office of Pre-College Programs website.


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