A High School Summer Science Academy
Do you want to learn how to build and program an aquatic drone, to learn how DNA is used to solve crimes through forensic science or to learn about the physics of amusement parks? You learn all this and more during NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy, a ten-day residential STEM academy at Cameron University. NanoExplorers will take place from June 18-23 and 25-30, 2023.
Participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to introduce the concept of nanotechnology. Activities will include applications in both chemistry and physics as well as information about career opportunities related to nanotechnology.
The program is limited to 24 participants. Applicants must be a rising freshman, sophomore or junior year of high school and must be an Oklahoma resident.
There is no cost to attend. All project supplies and equipment, instruction by CU faculty, meals, housing and transportation to scheduled activities will be provided. NanoExplorers is funded through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Registration for NanoExplorers opens on March 1; selections will be made in April.
Participants will check in on Sunday night, June 18, then spend the week learning about nanostructures and nanotechnology. After visiting Frontier City in Oklahoma City on Friday, June 23, students will meet their parents in Oklahoma City or Lawton and go home for the weekend, then return on Sunday night, June 25. During the second week, participants will build circuits, learn about polymers and how to characterize a stream or lake as an environmental chemist. NanoExplorers will conclude on Friday, June 30, with numerous closing activities, including PowerPoint presentations by participants, an academy quiz bowl, chemical magic shows, preparation of homemade ice cream utilizing chemical techniques, and academy evaluations.
During the evenings of the two-weeks on campus, participants will enjoy a variety of activities. These include learning about careers in nanotechnology and social activities such as swimming, basketball and Laser Tag.