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Summer 2020

Greeting SEEKers and families,

Over the last several weeks, we at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach have been monitoring the response from university officials on the COVID-19 pandemic. The current situation is that Vanderbilt has terminated all in-person classes, seminars, and meetings from the spring semester and has transitioned their efforts to digital spaces. It has been our hope that after the initial two months of implementing social distancing policies, there would be a path towards hosting SEEK summer camp. However, university officials have made the decision that Vanderbilt summer programs in June would be required to postpone or cancel for the betterment of public safety during the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, this means that we have to cancel SEEK camp for the month of June.

Please see these postings by Vanderbilt on their decision. We are moving to get information on SEEK camp listed in these postings as well.

Multiple Vanderbilt summer programs canceled due to COVID-19

What is the status of summer programs at Vanderbilt?

If you are registered for SEEK Camp, you will be receiving a digital survey in your email on May 8. We need your input on the options at hand before making a final decision on how to proceed with SEEK this year. Your responses will be secure and used only by our staff for that purpose. Please look in your email, and provide your honest responses and thoughts at your earliest convenience! 

We will continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response from university officials as it affects Vanderbilt operations for the month of July.

If you are unable to participate in SEEK camp due to this change, please email us at to discuss your options.

Thank you all for your interest in SEEK camp. It is our hope that we can find a solution that balances engaging STEM discovery and the health and safety of all campers and Vanderbilt personnel.

On behalf of the SEEK camp program,

Desmond Campbell, Ph.D.

Rising 1st-6th Graders
9 am - 3 pm
Location TBD

Rockin’ RoboticsJune 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 SmallJune 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 DeadJune 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.

More updates soon to come. Thank you for your patience.