UNK Society & Science Camps

Science is all around us. How we act, the environments in which we live, the laws that govern us, and the physiological, psychological, and pragmatic elements that impact our lives are studied here at the Universit of Nebraska at Kearney.

You can discover more about the Natural and Social Sciences through new UNK Summer Academic Camps. 

These camps give you a glimpse of university life, the chance to learn more about topics you are interested in, and exposure to ideas and concepts that may be new to you.  Learning and working alongside UNK faculty, on campus, in a fun and scholarly environment with like-minded students, will open doors to new interests, ideas, and careers in science, biotechnology, math, cybersecurity, health care, engineering, advocacy, and social justice.

UNK camps are offered in residential and commuter options and for varying grade levels. All camper registration for commuter camps includes lunch in the Union, while residential campers will have three meals a day.

The Math of Chaos and Competition

Dates: June 11-14

Format: Residential

Campers: Minimum of 15

Grades: For youth entering grades 10, 11, 12

Camp Directors: Dr. Derek Boeckner (Department of Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Gerard Koffi (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)

Description:

Google “fractals” and you see beautiful images and vibrant colors, but these art constructs are actually also mathematical constructs. They are objects that live between dimensions; they are neither 1D, 2D, or 3D objects but have fractional dimension (hence “fractal”).

During this camp, you will look at some of the basic fractals like the Cantor set and the Sierpinski triangle and see how something completely random and chaotic like rolling a die can eventually become very ordered if looked at in the right context. 

Game theory is a branch of mathematics focusing on the application of mathematical reasoning to competitive behavior. You will learn how to use game theory to solve questions of social competition and analyze social networks of different populations while learning how to be skillful mathematicians and good strategists.

Day 1 of this camp will cover fractals, Day 2 will cover game theory, and you will wrap things up the last half day.   

Tuition: $250, or $235.00 if registered before May 15th.

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Health Science Day Camp

Dates: June 16

Format: Commuter

Grades: For youth entering grades 11,12

Campers: Minimum of 15

Camp Directors: Director Peggy Abels (Health Sciences Program), Sarah Jones, Health Sciences Programs, Advisor

Description:

This is an exciting day of learning about health sciences and careers in healthcare. You will learn about circulation and dissect a cow heart, spend time in a lab setting, tour the Health Science Education complex, and participate in simulations and case studies. 

This camp will also be an opportunity to hear from healthcare professionals in a variety of fields and learn about Health Sciences at UNK. If you are interested in a career in healthcare, this is a great opportunity.

Tuition: $85.00, or $80.00 if registered before May 15th.

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Agricultural Biotechnology: Rooting for the Future

Dates: June 11-16

Format: Residential or Commuter

Grades: For youth entering grades 7,8

Campers: Minimum of 24

Camp Directors: Dr. Paul Twigg (Biology Department), Dr. Julie Shaffer (Biology Department)

Description:

This camp uses fun hands-on activities and outings to help you understand the importance of plants and soils in agriculture.  You will examine soil composition and microbes, plant reactions to the environment, genetically modified plants, and other topics.

Tuition:  $300.00 for residential campers, and $250.00 for commuters.

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CyberCamp at UNK

Dates: June 6-10

Format: Residential or Commuter

Grades: For youth entering grades 7,8,9,10

Campers: Minimum of 50

Camp Directors: Dr. Matt Miller (Department of Computer Science and Information Technology)

Description:

Explore a new field -- cyber security, by learning these technology basics and how they work:

  • networking concepts and computer programming
  • problem-solving through introduction to computer engineering
  • critical-thinking skills to address and solve problems
  • computer architecture and embedded systems hardware

During down time, you will meet new friends, enjoy movies and game nights, and hang out in the UNK residence halls. The finale: Share with your family what you have learned at the camp showcase.  

Tuition: $250.00 for residential campers, and $200.00 for commuters. 

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Movers, Shakers and Difference Makers

Dates: June 14-16

Format: Commuter

Grades: For youth entering grades 7,8,9

Campers: Minimum of 20

Camp Directors: Dr. Ben Malcyzk (Social Work Department), Dr. Suzanne Maughan (Sociology Department), Dr. Julie Campbell (Criminal Justice Department)

Description:

Do YOU want to make a difference in the world?  Do you want to be involved in making our society more just? This summer camp is about more than changing your life, it’s about helping you make the world a better place. You can be a social justice warrior!

This camp will provide students with tools, and ideas on how they can make a difference in the world. YOUth have the power to make the world great.

Tuition: $200, or $190.00 if registered before May 15th. 

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Crime Scene Investigation Camp

Dates: June 12-14

Format: Commuter

Grades: For youth entering grades 9,10

Campers: Minimum of 15

Camp Directors: Sgt. Kyle Harshbarger (Kearney Police Department and Department of Criminal Justice)

Description:

Today, everyone knows what “CSI” is. In this camp, you will learn the basic principles of criminal investigation, and be introduced to forensic evidence collection and analysis techniques — like fingerprints, impression evidence, microscopic evidence, and alternative light sources. 

You will even investigate a mock crime scene on the final day of the camp.  This camp is a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney Police Department. 

Tuition: $85.00, or $80.00 if registered before May 15th. 

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Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy Camp

Dates: June 14-17

Format: Residential

Grades: For youth entering grades 7,8,9,10

Campers: Minimum of 20

Camp Directors: Dr. Tim Reece (Department of Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Diganta Dutta (Department of Physics and Astronomy)

Description:

In this camp you will gain hands-on experience and problem-solving skills in Physics, Astronomy and Engineering. Learn about the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, analyze electric circuits, study the physics of energy and motion, test material properties using a universal testing machine, and create 3D virtual structures with Computer Aid Design (CAD) software.

Fun social activities include “rock climbing on Mars” and evening telescope-viewing sessions.

Tuition: $285.00, or $270.00 if registered before May 15th. 

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Strategies for Social Change

Dates: June 7-10

Format: Residential

Grades: For youth entering grades10,11,12

Campers: Minimum of 15

Camp Directors: Dr. Diane Duffin (Political Science Department), Dr. Suzanne Maughan (Department of Sociology)

Description:

If your goal is to make a difference in your community, this camp gives practical, how-to instructions for leading social change. Learn the techniques professional activists use to define social problems, identify solutions, mobilize followers, and communicate with policymakers, media, and the public.

By the end of camp, you’ll have an action plan to take home and implement in your community.

Tuition: $350.00, or $325.00 if registered before May 15th.  

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