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Academic Camps

 2020 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.

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.

The cost for camp includes all materials and transportation, lunch, and tour of the United States Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Merit scholarships are not awarded, but financial aid is available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Please include a note with your application.

2020 camp materials will be posted by March 1.

2020 camp dates: 5th+6th grades the week of July 6-10, 7th+8th grades the week of July 13-17.

An informational flier from 2019 is here for basic information:  2019-Summer-Camp-1-PAGE-promo-sheet

Questions may be directed to Alex. Rockafellar at


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 2020 iD Tech Camps: Hands-On Tech Fun!

Vanderbilt does not endorse nor is affiliated with this event

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.

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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 2020 Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA)

Vanderbilt Summer Academy is now accepting applications. 

020 VSA Applications will be accepted from January 6, 2020 (noon) - January 20, 2020 (noon).

The Application Priority Window is from January 6, 2020 (noon)-January 20, 2020 (noon).

Who? VSA serves gifted and high-achieving students 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? VSA is a residential academic program that offers accelerated courses, dynamic recreational activities, and the opportunity for academically gifted students to learn from content experts and each other within a supportive environment. As a VSA student, you will take accelerated courses with instructors drawn from the wealth of talented faculty and scholars here in the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Outside the classroom, students participate in a variety of evening activities, explore extracurricular enrichment activities and have free time to make new friends.

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

VSA 2020

Session 1: Rising 7th-8th graders
June 7 - 12, 2020
$1,375 - Tuition Deadline: April 1, 2020,  Rising 7th & 8th graders

Session 2: Rising 9th-10th graders
June 14  -26, 2020
$3175 - Tuition Deadline: June 1,  Rising 9th & 10th graders

Session 3: Rising 11th-12th graders
July 6 - 25, 2020
$4,275 - Tuition Deadline: June 1 Rising 11th & 12th graders 

 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 residence hall.

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? Students who have recently completed 6th grade have the option to attend VSA Session I, where they will spend 5 days and 5 nights living and learning on the Vanderbilt campus.If you are looking for an immersive non-residential option, PTY also offers Career Connections, a day program for rising 7th graders at SAVY. Learn more about Career Connections at SAVY. Rising 7th grade students can attend  both  the residential VSA and day Career Connections program. Call the PTY office at 615-322-8261 for more information on how to apply for one or both programs.

Contact Information: 
Name: Marisa Flores
Phone: (615) 322-8261


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 2020 Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)

Who? SAVY serves gifted and high-achieving students in Kindergarten through grade 6 during the academic year (summer, rising 1-7 grade) who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test. During the summer, students who have completed 6th grade (rising 7th grade students) are eligible to participate in Career Connections at SAVY, a day program within SAVY designed specifically for this age group. See the “Eligibility” section below for more information on student qualification for SAVY or Career Connections. Learn more about summer options for rising 7th graders.

What? Classes are designed for the academically talented and motivated learner. SAVY offers accelerated courses led by Vanderbilt professors, master teachers, and graduate students in a variety of course topics that change each session. Class size is limited to approximately 14 students for grades K-2 and 16 students for grades 3-6.

When? Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 classes are held for three consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with lunch provided. Summer classes are week-long sessions during June and July, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students may register for one or more sessions. Summer SAVY 2019 will offer six, one-week sessions. Course offerings differ per session.

Summer SAVY 2020

Session 1: June 8-12
Session 2: June 15-19
Session 3: June 22-24
Session 4: July 6-10*
Session 5: July 13-17*
Session 6: July 20-24*
Tuition: $550 per session

Where? On the Peabody Campus of Vanderbilt University.

Eligibility: Students who typically test around the 95th percentile on an ability test or in at least one content area on a standardized achievement test are eligible to participate in SAVY courses in their area(s) of strength. We accept standardized achievement or ability tests 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:
Phone: (615) 322-8261


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 2020 STEM Education for Girls

Vanderbilt does not endorse nor is affiliated with this event

Our Center for STEM Education for Girls offers a unique opportunity for rising 7th - 12th grade girls in the greater Nashville area to attend our research-based STEM Summer Institute. We offer two one-week camps for rising 7th and 8th graders (June 3-7, June 10-14) and one two-week camps for rising 9th-12th graders (June 3-14).  We offer great opportunity for scholarships and transportation for those who need it most.  

Rising 9th-12th grade, two-week camp commitment (June 3-14)
Week 1: June 3-7
Week 2: June 10-14
Cost: $700 (financial aid available)

Rising 7th-8th grade, one week camp commitment
(choose one or both weeks)
Week 1: June 3-7
Week 2: June 10-14
Cost: $350 per week (financial aid available)

Please contact Dr. Barbara Bell, Director of Center for STEM Education for Girls, or 615-346-0110.

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 2020  Capitol Debate Summer Camp

Vanderbilt does not endorse nor is affiliated with this event

At Middle School Debate Camp level, students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling them to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Students at the High School Debate Camp level will work on effective public speaking and argumentation, allowing them to further advance their presentation and debate skills to prepare them for the real world. The camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun!  Complete description »

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 1 - June 12, 2020 
Time: Commuter and residential options available

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


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 2020 STEM Exploration Experience for Kids (SEEK)

Location Eakin Elementary School
Rising 1st - 6th Graders
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Each Weekly Session $350 (includes $35 non-refundable application fee)
Discounts and financial aid are available upon eligibility and request. In addition, there is before and after care available for $10 per day.

Rockin’ Robotics – June 1-5, 2020
Will robots take over the world? In this camp, we will explore the world of robotics and learn how simple machines and tools can evolve into complex automatons. Campers will learn how to connect power sources, motors, lights, and code to create robots that can explore their environment.

Exciting Engineering  - June 8-12, 2020
This week we take a tour through the fascinating world of engineering. We spend each day in the life of a different engineer, exploring topics in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering! We will have fun with 3D printers, catapults, bridges, and buildings that withstand earthquakes, just to name a few. This camp is packed with activities and information to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Budding Biologist: From Large to Small – June 15-19, 2020
Explore the world of biology through the study of the smallest to the largest organisms! During this week, we will discover what makes humans unique, learn the “good” and the “bad” of bacteria and viruses, investigate fossilized life forms, how different organisms evolved with others, and explore the genetics of living creatures.

Science of the Living Dead – June 22-26, 2020
Do the dead walk among us? In this week of camp, you will assume the role of a zombie scientist. You will learn about the medical science that keeps us human and healthy, as well as the biology and chemistry in the world around us. Using forensics, we will even investigate how an outbreak like this could happen and maybe even discover a cure.

Contact Name: Desmond Campbell, Ph.D.


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