Youths in College!, AREAS Summer Camps

Each year, Alcorn State University’s School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences open its doors to youth from both in- and out-of-state for fun and educational summer programs. The summer 2016 calendar includes two camps for children of various ages.

Advanced Technologies Summer Camps

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camps sponsored by the Department of Advanced Technologies for children entering grades 2-12 will be offered in June and July. The camps will offer educational, creative, and recreational activities. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge topics and provided practical training in the areas of computer science, math, robotics, physics and technology.

The camps will give students an opportunity to explore hands-on activities including nuclear and radiation technology, geographic information systems, digital communication, electronics, and computer technology. The camps will also allow students to participate in technology and engineering, and expose them to a variety of STEM programs that they could pursue careers in. All camp sessions are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, only the first 30 students of each camp will be allowed to participate.

The camps will operate on Alcorn’s Lorman and Vicksburg campuses from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day while in session. The cost is $100 per student, per camp, per week.

The schedules are as follows:

STEM Camps- Vicksburg campus

June 6-10 and June 13-17

STEM Camps -Lorman campus

July 5-8 and July 11-14

Registration for the camps are now open and will close on May 30. For additional information, contact Denease Moore, secretary, at (601) 877-6482 or [email protected] .

AgDiscovery Summer Camp

The Department of Agriculture will hold AgDiscovery, a veterinary/animal science focused camp for students’ ages of 12-16 from June 19-July 1. Sixteen students from across the country have been chosen for the two-week, residential program located on the Lorman campus. This program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.

Registration for the 2016 AgDiscovery program is now closed. Applicants who are selected to attend one of the programs will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail, directly by the respective university, no later than May 5, 2016. Non-selected applicants will receive a letter in the mail by mid-May. For more information on how to apply for the 2017 session, please contact Dr. Cassandra Vaughn, assistant professor and university veterinarian, at (601) 877-6541 or [email protected].

Student Media Intern Renita Lacy, contributed to this story.