No Summer Slump
Specialty Camps from Science to Sports Keep NKU Hopping

Lazy days of summer? Not at Northern Kentucky University.

There are summer sessions — full, five-week, six-week, eight-week. There’s even an intersession. Add to that PACE sessions for adult learners and a growing number of programs for youngsters entering grades six through 12.

The campus is literally buzzing with summer camps from the athletic to the educational. Whether your child is a technology lover or a baseball fanatic, Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of interactive, hands-on summer camps.

Summer Stem Camps

In 1999, Northern Kentucky University established The Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) as a Program of Distinction in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The program helped NKU become a nationally recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and scholarship.

The summer STEM camps were created to promote interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, with camp activities being delivered with a hands-on approach that encourages students to research, ask questions and think outside the box.

Middle school and high school students work alongside NKU faculty members and community professionals in laboratory exercises, computer programming and software utilization exercises, and other state-of-the-art projects.

To enhance the traditional education experience, some camps will also have students travel off-site to work with professionals.

At the end of each camp, a Parents’ Reception is held so parents can see examples of work completed by the students during the week. Parents are also given the opportunity to meet participating faculty members and visit the NKU laboratories used during the camp.

Something For Any Age

Camps this summer include: Java Computer Game Programming, Fun With Map, Aeronautics, Engineering, Middle School STEM, Jurassic Fossil, Network Security, Astronomy and Residential Construction Management.

Younger students (grade levels six through eight) are able to attend the Astronomy Summer Camp, where students will see a different planetarium program every day including “New Horizons” and “Wonders of the Universe.” Students in this age group can also participate in the Fun With Math Camp, which includes real world applications of mathematics, or the Middle School STEM Camp, which gives campers the opportunity to work with university faculty in both lab and field experiments.

Students in grades six through 10 can also participate in the Aeronautics Camp, which is a three-day aviation camp sponsored by CINSAM, with a focus on math, science and geography and hands-on activities with navigation, planning flights and simulated flights.

Older students may be interested in the Network Security Camp, which gives high school students (grades nine through 12) an introduction to computer and network security, with topics such as Poor man’s VPN, encrypted email, password cracking and wireless network hacking. There’s also a Java Computer Game Programming Camp, which offers high school students the opportunity to design their own computer games.

Students ages 15-17 can register for the Jurassic Fossil Camp, which takes eight high school students to Utah to participate in a dinosaur dig in the Jurassic Morrison Formation. Students learn techniques of fossil collection and data collection, as well as basic geology principles.

Summer Sports

For aspiring athletes, NKU also offers a range of summer sports camps in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ softball, boys’ and girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball. ■

For more information, contact Dr. Kristi Haik at (859) 572-7636 or For need-based scholarship or other information, contact Betty Stephens at (859) 572-1308 or To apply, visit All applications must be received by May 4.