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OUS Summer Institute
June 24–July 31

Summer Institute students pose for a group shot at the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, NYColgate's Summer Institute makes it possible for Colgate to welcome a number of students — who have triumphed over educational, socioeconomic, or cultural challenges — and enhance their campus experience.

The Summer Institute is an intensive five-week gateway experience designed for 30–45 incoming students who, besides their academic potential, show much promise in the areas of leadership and community/civic engagement. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS), the program provides an academic and social orientation to life at Colgate, and promotes personal growth and educational achievement.

During the summer session, students normally complete two credit-bearing courses that meet requirements needed for graduation. In addition, they receive regular support in writing and quantitative literacy, along with academic advising. The institute also prepares students for leadership and community engagement, while helping them access Colgate’s many resources.

Phone: 315-228-7375
Website: Summer Institute


Socratic Summer Academy*
June 27–July 18

Open to boys and girls entering grades 9–12.

Camper studying for the SATs at Colgate UniversityThe Socratic Summer Academy was founded in 2010. It's a three-week sleepaway summer camp aimed at improvement on the SATs. Every year, using our carefully tailored curriculum and in-house textbook, in conjunction with College Board prep materials, we get higher and higher score improvements:
  • We've established a track record of 400 point score improvements (over a 3-week period!) for students who had never studied the SAT
  • We had 208 point score improvements for students who had studied the SAT somewhere else for 4+ months
We focus on a Socratic approach to teaching, where information is more derived and less lectured. We believe in small-group instruction and most of the instruction happens in groups of 3 to 4 students with one teacher, or in team-taught setting in the classroom. We play games both inside the classroom and after meals to help reinforce our strategies or drill vocabulary, as well as putting the students on coaching teams to work towards goals which are sometimes SAT-related, and sometimes just fun. Weekly practice tests and specific goal-setting strategies built around each student's specific progress urges our students forward, and our instructors are people who love being around kids both as teachers and as people - they are just as likely to pose a philosophical conundrum as to tell a silly story that solidifies subject-verb agreement forever in a student's head.

In their free time, our students select elective courses like creative writing and environmental science, courses that expose them to diverse topics they rarely find at their high schools. During their free time, students hike Colgate's hills and mountains, swim in the pool, work out in the fitness center, play basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, ping pong, racquetball, or squash, attend outdoor concerts, go to movie theaters, or sit around campfires, singing with a guitar and staring at the stars. Our teachers--role models who themselves attend or attended some of the best schools in the United States--serve as friends and mentors, guides through difficult decisions, chaperones on trips to the ice cream parlor, leaders of activities like quiz bowl or a cappella.

Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Camp Director and Co-Founder
Phone: 347-688-2329
E-mail: Alyssa Bowlby
Website: Socratic Summer Academy


Yleana Leadership Academy*
June 27–July 18
July 18–August 8

Students at the Yleana Leadership Academy write on a chalk boardThe Yleana Leadership Academy, founded in 2013, has a mission of helping under-served students get closer to reaching their potential - getting them to college and getting them to stay there.

Last year, we ran the inaugural year of Yleana Leadership Academy, which took the form of a three-week sleepaway summer SAT program on a college campus with a variety of associated components:
  • Over 100 hours of intensive SAT classes
  • SAT-related games/activities
  • Weekly proctored practice tests and individual student counseling
  • Detailed practice test reports and constantly monitored progress
  • Traditional summer activities (outings in Boston, to beaches/state parks)
  • Entrepreneurship and negotiation classes
  • Social awareness open forum discussion classes
  • Imagination Lectures with guest speakers
  • One-day startup event with guest speakers and a final competition judged by local entrepreneurs at Harvard Law School
  • Socratic SAT curriculum taught by passionate, creative, experienced teachers
  • Master and assistant teachers in every classroom
  • One-on-one and small group instruction
  • Follow-up program in September/October in preparation for the fall SAT test
  • Average gains of 250-300 points per student
This year, Yleana Leadership Academy will occur in two separate sessions:
  • June 27-July 18, 2015 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY
  • July 18-August 8, 2015 at Colgate University and Siena College in Loudonville, NY
Applications for the 2015 sessions will be due March 1, 2015.

Room, board, all books and materials, and free transportation to and from the campus will be provided. It is open to 72 rising juniors and seniors.

Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Co-Founder and Educational/Program Director
Phone: 347-688-2329
E-mail: Alyssa Bowlby
Website: Yleana Leadership Academy

Music

Eastern U.S. Music Camp*
June 28–July 25
40th Successful Season - select from 2-3-4 week sessions

Playing stringed instruments next to Colgate's Taylor LakeOpen to boys and girls ages 10–18.

The Eastern U.S. Music Camp is conducted on the Colgate University campus in beautiful Central New York State. This popular program, beginning its 40th year, is designed to provide opportunities and enrichment in all areas of music. Social and recreational activities also are an integral part of the curriculum. The total experience is rewarding — musically and socially.

This well-balanced program offers young people between the ages of 10 and 18 the opportunity to pursue musical studies through individual, class, and group instruction; to perform a wide range of instrumental and choral works in ensemble and concert; and to participate in supervised sports and other informal "fun" activities. The program builds confidence, teaches concentration, offers social opportunities, and helps develop sensitivity to, and pride in, the beautiful things in life.

Careers in music are not necessarily the goal of students attending the Eastern U.S. Music Camp. The experience is one that will be remembered and valued throughout life in any career. Highly individualized instruction in a friendly atmosphere is stressed by the professional, nationally known staff. Students attend from throughout the U.S. During the 2013 Season, students attended from: Spain, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Guetemala, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, and Colombia.

See the EasternUSMusicCamp.com website for EARLY ENROLLMENT SAVINGS.

Phone: 866-777-7841
E-mail: Tom and Grace Brown
Website: Eastern U.S. Music Camp

Technology

2D Video Game Design with Scratch®*
June 22 - July 2, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Open to ages 8-11.

Tekkies discover computer graphics techniques and animation fundamentals as they build an interactive video game. Campers create an exciting landscape, animate sprites and add sounds. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Kids work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


3D Digital Art and Animation with Alice®*
June 22 - July 2, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Tekkies use Alice software to create a 3D programming environment with animations that tell a story, become an interactive game or simply do a dance. Create a virtual world and then animate the objects within that world such as people, animals, and vehicles. While making games and animations kids are discovering the principles behind Java, C++ and C#. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


3D Video Game Design with Kodu*
June 22 - July 2, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Let your imagination go wild as you build 3D worlds for fun animations and games. Tekkies experience creating the playing field to build a soccer game, or an underwater fish scene. Add sound and scoring! Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


3D Video Game Design (similar to Xbox 360®)*
June 22 - July 2, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Dig deep into the inner workings of computer game design. This Tek Lab shares the steps of the game development cycle. Explore and modify the code in Visual C# Express. This is the same program that is used to make Xbox 360 games. Participants will make an asteroids game and a flight simulator. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Making HTML5 Web Games with GameSalad®*
June 22 - July 2, 12:45 - 2:15 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Want to make a video game that works in Firefox, Chrome, Explorer or on a smartPhone? GameSalad® makes it easy to get started. Design your game by adding graphics and sound. Program objects so that they move with keyboard or screen touches Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Making HTML5 Web Games with Aptana® Studio 3*
June 22 - July 2, 12:45 - 2:15 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Code in HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript to create games such as Angry Birds and RPG's. Then take your creations and play them in Firefox, Chrome, or any web browser of your choice! Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Stop Motion Animation with Windows® Movie Maker*
June 22 - July 2, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
July 20-31, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Discover the secrets behind stop-motion animation by using Windows Movie Maker. Kids create their own video with toys and clay, adding special effects and audio. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of four as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Computer Animation with Muvizu®*
June 22 - July 2, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Get ready to create your very own animated movie! Storyboard your scenes, and then position virtual lights, cameras, characters, and objects to create two- and three-minute movies. Direct characters eyes, heads, mouth, and more to create engaging scenes. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two to four as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Minecraft® Maps*
July 6-17, 9:00 - 10:30 am
July 6-17, 10:45 - 12:15 pm
July 6-17, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
July 6-17, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
August 3-14, 9:00 - 10:30 am
August 3-14, 10:45 - 12:15 pm
August 3-14, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
August 3-14, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Tekkies create games with 3D models, support team members, and battle against powerful enemies. Download and install mods and maps into your gaming masterpiece. Acquire resources and maintain health. There will be plenty of time to test your models with other tekkies. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work solo as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action. Make sure you have a Minecraft account prior to the first day of event. Bring your computer or rent ours for $25.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Minecraft® Modding with Java*
July 6-17, 9:00 - 10:30 am
July 6-17, 10:45 - 12:15 pm
July 6-17, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
July 6-17, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
August 3-14, 9:00 - 10:30 am
August 3-14, 10:45 - 12:15 pm
August 3-14, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
August 3-14, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Create a game with 3D models, support your team members, and battle against powerful enemies. Implement modding into your gaming masterpiece using Java. Acquire resources and maintain health. There will be plenty of time to test your models with other tekkies Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work solo as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action. Make sure you have a Minecraft account prior to the first day of event. Bring your own computer or rent ours for $25.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


K'nex® Machines in Action*
July 20-31, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Open to ages 8-11.

Funutation introduces kids to scientific and mathematical concepts of simple machines – Levers, Pulleys, Wheel & Axles, Inclined Planes, and Gears. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Kids work in teams of four to eight as they build, investigate, and discuss scientific principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Funutation® Bot Build and Programming*
July 20-31, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Open to ages 12-15.

Here is your chance to build and program the Funutation bot! Campers will program Funutation's version of the Arduino® robot to avoid obstacles and use a Smartphone to move the bot around the room. Tekkies are encouraged to bring their Smartphones to this event. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Lego® Robotronics*
July 20-31, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Tekkies discover how to invent new robot designs through Lego Mindstorm 2.0. Teams of four will use Lego sensors, motors, gears, plus other components and program the robots to react to sound, and sense objects from a distance. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams to build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Funutation® Battlebots*
July 20-31, 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Robot warriors clash! Kids build battle robots using everyday materials and make them fight against each other. First Tekkies follow a step-by-step lesson to build a basic motorized bot, then they have freedom to create their own custom design, armor, and weapons. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of three as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


K'nex® Robotics*
July 20-31, 12:45 - 2:15 pm

Open to ages 8-11.

Discover how real-world Amusement Park rides work using K'nex® models. Teams of four will use K'nex control boxes, lights, and motors to program a Spinning Carpet, Double Ferris Wheel, a Tramcar, and more. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Funutation® Computer Build and Repair*
July 20-31, 12:45 - 2:15 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Want a faster computer with more memory? This is the camp for you. Take apart a computer and discover a computer's hardware components. Install operating systems, software, and virus protection. Then reassemble, upgrade, and debug computer problems. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of four as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy


Funutation® Raspberry Pi Programming*
July 20-31, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Open to ages 12-15.

Don't think a credit-card sized computer can do much? Guess again. Tekkies use a computer called Raspberry Pi to create computer animations, design games, and make simple practical applications. Kids gain the opportunity to acquire skills using our trademarked Funutation TEAMS® hands-on, inquiry-based model. Tekkies work in teams of two as they build, investigate, and discuss coding principles in action. Optional: Purchase Raspberry Pi for $50.

Phone: 216-378-9035, ext. 517
Email: Vera Thomas
Website: Funutation Tekademy

Writing

Young Writers' Workshop
August 3–7

Open to boys and girls entering grades 6–12, sponsored by Colgate University and directed by Colgate employees.

The Young Writers’ Workshop is an intensive, non-residential workshop for middle and high school students who have a passion for writing. The workshop provides, for five full days, a stimulating and supportive environment in which young writers think, imagine, and discover new ideas through the act of writing, and share those ideas with other talented writers with similar interests.

Young Writers work closely with certified teachers and college mentors in classrooms set by grade level. Three visiting writers set the tone with readings and activities based on different genres; this year, the workshop will focus on fiction, travel writing, and screen writing.

During the five days of the workshop, Young Writers participate in writing workshops and readings, as well as a variety of sports and recreational activities, including access to Colgate’s swimming pool and hiking trails.

Phone: (315) 335-0207
E-mail: Ashley Stagner
Website: Young Writers' Workshop
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*This program is neither sponsored by Colgate University nor run by Colgate employees.