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Summer 2021 Programs for Kids and High School Students

From the fine arts to outer space, explore all that Ohio University offers for kids and teenagers at the Athens and regional campuses.

Summer Law & Trial Institute hosted by the Center for Law, Justice, & Culture and the College of Arts & Sciences

When: June 13-21

Where: Virtual

Cost: Free

About: High school students can apply for the free Summer Law & Trial Institute, offered virtually by Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice & Culture. Preference is given to rising high school juniors and seniors from Southeastern Ohio, though students from outside the region also can apply.

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NASA Space and Technology Camp hosted by Ohio University Kids on Campus and the College of Health Sciences and Professions

When: July 12-16, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Where: Grover Center, Ohio University (Athens Campus)

About: This summer, Kids on Campus (KOC) is partnering with the NASA Glenn Research Center Office of Education to offer a five-day STEM camp. Participants will perform real science on real impact craters while using 3D modeling, digital art and virtual reality software to complete a program designed by the scientists at NASA. Students will be guided through this process by teachers and staff who have received training from NASA experts.  

The summer camp is for ages 14-18 only; space is limited to 40 participants. Free lunch will be provided. Contact Kids on Campus via email (kids.on.campus@ohio.edu) or call (740-566-8543) to request an application.

High School Journalism Workshop hosted by the Scripps College of Communication

When: July 7-8

Where: Virtual

Cost: $15  

About: Students (grades 9-12) can choose from various professional tracks, interact with working professionals and faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and get to know current Ohio University students. Registration closes on Friday, June 25th at 11:00pm.  
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High School Media Workshop hosted by the Scripps College of Communication

When: July 30

Where: Athens Campus

Cost: $200

About: The High School Media Workshop is a hands-on creative opportunity for students in grades 9-13 (freshmen in college) to explore their production passion. This one-day, in-person workshop will allow you to work with other high school students to create original work. Choose to focus on video production, music recording, animation, audio for cinema.

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Summer Studios hosted by the College of Fine Arts

When: June 7-18

Where: Athens Campus and Online

Cost: Each course is $325.00 and includes 1.0 university credit or student may combine two courses for $595.00 for the full day with two courses (2.0 credits).

About: This summer, immerse yourself in the fine arts with Ohio University’s Summer Arts Programs — intensive, hands-on explorations in the Schools of Art + Design, Music, Dance, Film, and Theater. Develop your personal voice while creating and performing college-level artworks in our professional studio facilities. Email summerarts@ohio.edu for more information.

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Building Bridges Summer Institute hosted by Ohio University Southern

When: June 23, 2021

Where: Virtual

Cost: Free

About: Building Bridges Summer Institute (BBSI) is an initiative that focuses on self-reflection, building community, and engagement for high school students in grades 11-12, graduating seniors, and post-secondary students. Led by a team of trained facilitators, the BBSI will help students to identify with their own culture, become informed about other cultures and behaviors, and dialogue on current topics.  Through interactive activities, guest presenters, and discussions the institute will work toward building leaders who are able to recognize, appreciate and value their similarities and differences and those of others.

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“Where I’m From”: Virtual Summer Writing Program hosted by Ohio University Southern

When: TBD

Where: Virtual

About: The “Where I’m From”: Virtual Summer Writing Program is offered by Ohio University Southern at no cost to participants. This workshop is designed to instruct participants in the art of creative writing and expression. Based around George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From,” participants will write their own version as either a poem or a flash-fiction piece. Facilitators will coach students on proper poetry and fiction techniques to foster a community of creative writers. Participants will be asked to present their final draft in a virtual Writer’s Theater Teams Live Event.

For additional information contact Eric Brown at browne4@ohio.edu, 740.533.4562 or Barbara Biggs at costas@ohio.edu, 740-533-4649.

Medical Academy hosted by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

When: June 15-18

About: The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin is hosting its seventh annual Medical Academy health careers discovery program in partnership with OhioHealth. Central Ohio junior and senior high school students can participate in a series of highly interactive, case-based learning activities focused on medical and health career exploration, professional growth and leadership through service learning. Bookmark this page and follow us on Instagram for more information on this program.

Kids in College

When: June 21-25

Where: Local businesses

Cost: $45 (1st class), $35 (Additional classes). Some classes require material fees.

About: Kids in College is a summer enrichment program for students (K-8th grade) who are interested in science, history, theater and many other educational opportunities. The program is staffed by a variety of enthusiastic, imaginative teachers and college faculty who are interested in working with motivated students.

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