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Summer Slate Again Full for Camps Around College

Students at a STEM Camp

Summer might seem like it is still a long way away, but several summer camps have begun to take shape.

The Tickle College of Engineering will again have a full slate of camps, beginning with the eVOL10 program, held June 7-12.

An annual event since 2013, eVOL10 brings in rising high school sophomores for a week spent learning about college life in general and what the Tickle College of Engineering, specifically, can provide to them.

The camp, which has finished the application process, introduces the students to campus life and opportunities for fun, presents them with group engineering challenges, peer mentoring, an educationally relevant field trip, and ACT preparation. It also includes five nights in a residence hall, all meals, and all supplies.

HITES12, which started in 2001, gives soon-to-be high school seniors a more thorough look at both the college and engineering in general. This year, the camp will take place June 14-19.

As with eVOL10, 32 students will live on campus for a week, and will learn about campus life and opportunities at UT outside the classroom.

During the camp, students will go through team-building exercises, visits to engineering departments, laboratory demonstrations, peer mentoring, and a group project designed to utilize aspects of engineering.

Applicants to the camp must have a minimum ACT math score of 25 or SAT math score of 590. The deadline to register is April 10. If selected, there is a one-time processing fee of $75, but no further cost.

Materials Camp, sponsored by the ASM Materials Education Foundation, Pellissippi State Community College, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, in addition to UT, will be held during the day from June 22-26.

The camp, which is open to any high school student with interest and abilities in math or science, is free, with registration taking place through Pellissippi State.

Students will learn techniques and processes used in materials science as they attempt to solve a mystery challenge.

Applications are due by May 15.

The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) are cohosting “Adventures in STEM” summer camp, also held during the day from June 22-26.

The camp is for middle school girls and is $125, though a fee waiver might be available, and gives the girls exposure to engineering, math, and biology.  They will spend a week working with researchers at CURENT and NIMBIOS, both of which are multi-institution research centers headquartered at UT.

In addition to working with the two centers and experiencing hands-on learning opportunities, students will also be given a tour of various laboratory spaces at UT and will conclude the week by making poster presentations about what they have learned.

CURENT is also playing host to the “Young Scholars Program.”

The research-intensive, one-month program is free and is for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, who will spend a month doing intensive research and work on a project related to electrical engineering.

The camp runs from June 29 to July 24, and will conclude with a poster session about their research.