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iD Tech Camps: Hands-On Tech Fun!

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At iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed to compete in Nashville’s booming startup scene. Business Insider ranked Vanderbilt as one of the best colleges in America.

For 20 years, we’ve guaranteed small class sizes, the best tech-savvy staff, and forward-thinking curriculum, producing stunning results. When you want the best, its iD Tech or nothing.

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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Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

VSA Application Update: 2018 VSA Applications will be accepted beginning February 2018.

Application inquiries may be directed to

Check out our catalog for more information!

Who? Gifted students and advanced learners in rising grades 7-12 who typically test at the 95th percentile and above in one or multiple areas of the ACT, SAT, or PSAT tests. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification.

What? This residential academic experience provides qualifying students with a taste of college life. As a VSA student, you will live on campus and take accelerated courses with Vanderbilt professors, lecturers, and graduate students. Outside the classroom, our carefully selected residential staff members supervise the dining and residence halls, plan fun and engaging recreational activities, and help ensure that every VSA student has a fulfilling experience.

When? Students attend one of three summer sessions. The dates and length of each session depends on the student’s grade level.

VSA 2018

Session 1: Rising 7th-8th graders
June 10-15, 2018

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 17-29, 2018

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 8-27, 2018

Where? During their stay, VSA students will reside in a residential hall on The Ingram Commons, where first-year Vanderbilt students live during the academic school year. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus, with the majority of courses taking place on the Peabody Campus. Students eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the dormitory.

Eligibility: Students applying to Vanderbilt Summer Academy must submit qualifying documentation at the time of application. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. In lieu of the above mentioned test scores, students may prefer to submit a portfolio for further assessment and review. For more details about eligible scores and portfolio materials, please see the VSA How To Apply page.

Rising 7th Grade Student? You have a new option this summer to attend VSA Session I! Spend 5 days and 5 nights living and learning on the Vanderbilt campus. Looking for non-residential options? PTY has a day program for you as well. Check out our week-long Career Connections courses here! Hard to choose between them? You don’t have to. Give our office a call for more information on how to apply for one or both programs.

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

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Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)

Who? Gifted students in Kindergarten and grades 1–6 (Summer, rising 1-6) who typically test at the 95th percentile and above on either verbal or nonverbal sections of academic achievement or ability tests. Students in rising 7th grade are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a new program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. Click here or more information about Career Connections at SAVY and other summer opportunities for rising 7th graders. See “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification for SAVY or Career Connections.

What? Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 (grades 1-3 in the summer) and 16 students for grades 3-6 (grades 4-7 in the summer). Summer SAVY 2017 will offer six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session. Click here to see the courses for our upcoming sessions!

When? Spring and fall classes will be held six Saturday mornings in a row, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Summer classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 

Summer 2018 SAVY

Session 1: June 11-15

Session 2: June 18-22

Session 3: June 25-29

Session 4: July 9-13

Session 5: July 16-20

Session 6: July 23-27

 On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test at around the 95th percentile and above on a standardized achievement or on an ability test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept any standardized achievement or ability test including, but not limited to, the following: RIAS, CogAT, TCAP, ERB, Stanford Achievement Test, OLSAT, Woodcock Johnson, WISC IV. Out-of-level standardized assessments (e.g. Explore, SCAT) are also accepted. While scores around the 95th percentile are typically a strong indication that SAVY is an appropriate curriculum match for a student, feel free to contact the SAVY office for questions about scores that do not meet these criteria, as alternative documentation may be acceptable. Returning SAVY students do not need to resubmit test scores unless their scores are more than three years old. Students without test scores should work with their schools to obtain documentation of their assessments.

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.

Please check out the camp brochure link 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, please download and fill out the application below.

Merit scholarships are not awarded, but financial aid is available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Please include a note with your application.

5th/6th GRADE CAMP DATES: JULY 16-20

7th/8th GRADE CAMP DATES: JULY 23-27

Downloadable application:  2 018-Space-Camp-app-ALL-pages

Downloadable flier: 2018-Summer-Camp-flier

We will post on this page when camps are full.

Questions may be directed to Alex. Rockafellar at

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Camp Tech Revolution 

Vanderbilt does not endorse nor is affiliated with this event

Be an Innovator, Change the Game!  At Camp Tech Revolution, we are devoted to providing campers with exciting and interactive learning opportunities in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Minecraft™, Coding with Python & Java, Game Design, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, App Design, Web Design, 3D Printing, Digital Fashion Design, Filmmaking, and so much more!  Our campers are placed into two divisions, the Innovators (ages 7 to 10) and the Game Changers (ages 11 to 14), and are positioned for success with excellent instruction and exposure to a wide range of programming and cutting-edge curricula.  Each week campers select one "Major" and one "Minor," which allows them to focus in on and greatly improve their skills and understanding of the subject material.  Discover YOUR Passion in Tech!  

Date:  June 4th to July 27th, 2018
Time:  Regular Hours - 9am to 5pm, Early Arrival - 8am, Extended Day - Until 6pm
Cost:  $532/week to $649/week
Grade/age: Ages 7 to 14

Contact Name:  The Lavner Camps Team
Contact Phone(615) 535-9696
Website: Camp Tech Revolution - Nashville  
Address:  Vanderbilt University - The Commons Center -  2201 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37235

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Capitol Debate Summer Camp

Vanderbilt does not endorse nor is affiliated with this event

Capitol Debate’s middle and high school debate camp teaches the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling kids to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Our camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a challenging, safe and secure environment that’s suited to each child’s age and experience level.

The curricula of our debate camps aim to equip children with the ability to structure arguments, prepare debate cases, research evidence, write rebuttal briefs, deliver speeches and refute opponents. They prepare students to give outstanding speeches in class, perform in a school debate or join their high school debate teams, Model United Nations teams or speech teams.

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn debating skills; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve communication with their peers.

Date: June 2 - June 14
Time: Commuter and residential options available
Cost: $1,999 - $3,099
Register early and save! Prices increase after April 10. Vanderbilt University faculty and staff are eligible for an exclusive 10% discount, using their Vanderbilt email address and the coupon code VanderbiltStaff10.
Grade/age: Entering 6th-12th grade

Contact Name: Jacqueline Kelleher or Brian Fish
Contact Phone800.450.5012 ext 1

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STEM Exploration Experience for Kids (SEEK)

Cool Chemistry

Camp description: What’s cooler than making plastic out of milk, growing some sweet crystals, and exploding Diet Coke? Not much! This week is all about experimenting with chemical reactions! We won’t just be showing campers what happens when you mix two substances, they’ll get to blow some things up themselves!

Date: June 4-8
Time: 9 – 3 (before/aftercare available)
Cost: $350
Grade/age: Rising first – sixth  graders

Forensic Fun

Camp description: This camp is all about figuring out “who done it!” We’ll explore various forensic techniques such as fingerprinting, DNA extraction, chromatography, and more. Perhaps campers will even be able to use their newfound knowledge and skills to solve a mystery of their own!

Date: June 11-15
Time: 9 – 3 (before/aftercare available)
Cost: $350
Grade/age: Rising first – sixth  graders


Rockin’ Robotics

Camp description: Are robots going to take over the world? Maybe we’ll find out in this hands-on week full of robots. Campers will get to learn about robots, play with some robots, and then get to design and build their own robots!

Date: June 18-22
Time: 9 – 3 (before/aftercare available)
Cost: $350
Grade/age: Rising first – sixth  graders

Budding Biologists

Camp description: Humans are complicated creatures, and what better way to begin to understand them than by getting to know ourselves? Campers will get to take an in-depth look at the biology that makes them unique, including fingerprinting and maybe even some DNA.

Date: June 25-29
Time: 9 – 3 (before/aftercare available)
Cost: $350
Grade/age: Rising first – sixth  graders

Contact Name: Joe Lopez
Contact Phone: 615-322-7140

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