University Summer Camp

GOALS:

  • Introduce tribal college students to STEM disciplines and career opportunities
  • Provide opportunities to experience campus and city life
  • Encourage them to pursue four year STEM degree programs
  • Engage tribal high school teachers and college faculty in career improvement and lesson development.

This two-week camp is usually held in the first two weeks of June each year. The camp has a student track, and a faculty/teacher track.

Student Track

Purpose

  • To retain interest in STEM
  • To introduce students to university STEM programs and research activities
  • To familiarize students with campus and city life

In addition to lessons in mathematics and science, visits to STEM academic departments at NDSU and at UND and to local industries are scheduled in the first week. University professors engage the students in research and exploratory activities in the second week culminating in research presentations by the students at the closing of the camp. Social and recreational activities are suitably interspersed throughout the camp.

Faculty and Teacher Track

Purpose

  • To provide a collaborative framework for developing lessons for high school summer camp
  • To provide opportunity for professional development
  • To provide opportunity for participating in seminars and discussions on topics of interest
  • To provide opportunity to interact with cultural leaders to develop cultural components of lesson topics

During the first week of the two-week University summer camp held in June, Tribal college faculty and reservation high school teachers work with university faculty on developing lesson plans and hands-on activities to use in their tribal college summer camps they hold for high school students at their colleges following the two week University summer camp.

During the second week of the University Summer Camp, Tribal college faculty and reservation high school teachers work with university faculty on developing lesson plans and hands-on activities to use in the Sunday Academy program the following academic year.