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iD Tech Camps: Hands-On Tech Fun!

Take interests further and gain a competitive advantage for school, college, and future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs where ages 7-17 develop iPhone and Android apps, program in C++ and Java, mod with Minecraft, design video games, produce films, build robots, explore electrical engineering with Arduino, and more.

Programs are held at over 90 prestigious universities nationwide including Vanderbilt and others. Small classes (8:1 student to instructor ratios, guaranteed) are hands-on, high energy, and led by tech-savvy staff.

Dates: Weekly program. Visit website for exact dates and details.

Day Camp or Overnight Camps Available
Ages: 7-17 years old

Visit for details and online specials.

Contact Information: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)


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Pre-College PAVE Program

The 2015 PAVE program is open only to first-year students who are matriculating to Vanderbilt in the summer of 2015.  Students matriculating in the fall of 2015 to Vanderbilt are not eligible to participate in the 2015 PAVE program.

PAVE is a five-week Vanderbilt summer program designed for students who are planning to enter Vanderbilt's engineering, pre-medical/healthcare, humanities, science, or technology based program.  In addition to strengthening your back ground and having fun, PAVE can help you decide if an engineering, medical/healthcare, science, or humanities degree is really the field for you.  Additionally, PAVE is a valuable experience if you are undecided as to a college major.

Dates: June 22 - July 24, 2015
Estimated Cost:  Off-Campus PAVE Student **(commuter) $895/week
                                On-Campus PAVE Student**(residential) $1,255/week
                                **The PAVE program does not offer any scholarship opportunities.
Application Deadline: April 20, 2015

Contact Information:
Name: Prof. John Veillette, Founding Director
Phone: (615) 322-7827

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Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

Vanderbilt University offers intensive one-, two-, and three-week summer residential programs for academically talented rising 8th-12th grade students. VSA provides a highly stimulating and challenging intellectual environment while allowing students to have lots of fun and to form lasting friendships. Each student enrolls in one course for 6 hours of instruction per day. The classes, taught by Vanderbilt faculty and scholars, are interdisciplinary and include topics such as forensic chemistry, filmmaking, creative writing, medicine, law and more. Students reside on campus under the supervision of residential staff and enjoy a full program of social and recreational activities.  To view 2015 course offerings, CLICK HERE.

Session I (rising 8th graders): June 14-19, 2015
Session II (rising 9th & 10th graders): June 21-July 3, 2015
Session III (rising 11th-12th graders): July 12-31, 2015

Costs include course as well as room and board.
Limited need-based financial aid available.
Session I: $1,295
Session II: $2,350
Session III: $3,450

Application Timeline:
Applications Available:  January 6, 2015
Priority Application Window:  January 6-16, 2015

Sessions II & III:
     April 17,2015: Final Tuition Payment Due
     May 8, 2015:  Last day to withdraw with partial refund

Session I:
     May 8, 2015:  Final Tuition Payment Due
     May 8, 2015:  Last day to withdraw with partial refund

Contact Information:
Name: John Moses Girdler
Phone: (615) 322-8261

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Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY) Vanderbilt University offers intensive one- or two-week full-day summer programs for academically talented rising 1st-7th grade students. SAVY provides a highly stimulating and challenging intellectual environment while allowing students to have fun and to form lasting friendships. Students may attend one or multiple sessions. The classes, taught by Vanderbilt scholars and esteemed teachers, include topics such as ecology, genetics, anthropology, film, and abstract algebra.  During Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 5 students in rising 1st through 3rd grade will participate in an accelerated course in the morning and in stimulating afternoon enrichment activities in the afternoon. Students in rising 4th through 7th grade will gain experience in a pre-college learning environment by participating in full day accelerated courses. During Session 4 all students may participate in one accelerated course for half the day or two accelerated courses for the full day. To view 2015 course offerings CLICK HERE.

Session 1: June 8-12, 2015 (9am-3:45pm)
Session 2: June 15-19, 2015 (9am-3:45pm)
Session 3: June 22-26, 2015 (9am-3:45pm)
Session 4: July 6-17, 2015 (full and half-day options available)
Session 5:  July 20-July 24 (9am-3:45pm)

: Most standardized achievement or ability test scores are acceptable for eligibility. These include but are not limited to CogAT, TCAP, Stanford, WISC, and Stanford Binet. We also offer eligibility testing at the SAVY office. Please contact the SAVY office for more information. 

Limited need-based financial aid available.
Session I: $550 per week
Session 2: $550 per week
Session 3: $550 per week
Session 4: $1,000 for the full day or $600 for the partial day program
Session 5:  $550 per week

Contact Information:
Name: Sarah DeLisle
Phone: (615) 322-3179
E-mail: sarah.s.delisle@Vanderbilt.Edu

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Dyer Observers Space Science Camp

The Dyer Observers Space Science Camps support middle-school students in their exploration of the worlds of science, math, engineering and technology, and opens up their minds to future career possibilities in these fields.

In 2015, Dyer Observatory will be hosting one camp for rising 5th-6th graders during the week of June 8-12 and one camp for rising 7th-8th graders during the week of June 15-19. Please check out the camp brochure links below for more information on the camps.  If your child has a strong interest in astronomy and space science and would like to be a part of the Dyer Observatory Space Science Camps, then please download and fill out one of the applications below.

2015 5th-6th Grade Camp Brochure

2015 5th-6th Grade Camp Application

2015 7th-8th Grade Camp Brochure

2015 7th-8th Grade Camp Application


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