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Illinois Summer Pre-College Program Descriptions
Program: Alexa Café: All-Girls STEM Camp Held at Lake Forest Description: Calling all girls: learn STEM in a uniquely collaborative environment! At Alexa Café, girls ages 10-15 discover a passion for technology in a unique environment that celebrates creativity, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.
Weeklong, collaborative courses are taught in small groups of just 8 girls per instructor—guaranteed—for the most personalized instruction. Girls learn engineering principles, code games, design websites, model 3D characters, snap photos, create films, print 3D objects, and much more. Plus, they get hands-on experience with big-name software from companies like Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, and SparkFun.
Alexa Café is held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including UC Berkeley, Rice, Bryn Mawr, and Georgia Tech. In addition to this all-girls summer program, iD Tech also offers weeklong camps for kids and teens, early-education STEM programs, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform.
We believe that technology should be fun and meaningful. At Alexa Café, it’s all that and more. Join us as we inspire the next generation of makers. More than 235,000 students have attended our family-owned camps since 1999. Visit us online at our website to find a camp near you.
Participants: High school students and middle school students (10-15). Summer program website: Alexa Café
Program: The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Summer Ensemble Program for High School Students: Chicago, Illinois Description: The CYS Summer Youth Ensemble Program is a rigorous, six-week Shakespeare intensive open to high schools students, grades 9–12. The mission of the Youth Ensemble program is to build community among young people across demographic boundaries through their work as an artistic ensemble. Summer program students receive in-depth acting training in a variety of techniques, while exploring innovative methods for “unpacking” and personalizing Shakespeare’s texts. The rehearsal process focuses on ensemble collaboration and discovery as students develop and prepare a Shakespeare play for performance. Summer program classes meet M–F, 10am-4pm for five weeks, followed by an exciting week of performances at cultural, theatrical and in-the-park venues throughout the Chicago area.
Throughout the summer, CYS will welcome visits from some of Chicago’s finest professional actors, directors, and teaching artists to lead students in a variety of workshops including: stage combat, clown, improv, Meisner Technique, and playwriting. Summer students will also travel off-site to see Shakespeare in performance and explore some of the city’s best cultural resources. CYS programs are need-blind and admission is by audition only. No student admitted into the program can be turned away based on his or her ability to pay tuition.
Program: Eastern Illinois University Summer English Studies Camp: Charleston, Illinois Description: Eastern Illinois offers an English Studies Summer Camp for high school students that provides enrichment in the areas of reading and writing. Students have the opportunity to develop and enhance their English skills and to experience college life on the campus of Eastern Illinois. Participating high school students have the opportunity to choose from sessions, which include creative writing, literature, media studies as well as other high interest options. Participants: High school students. Program website: Eastern Illinois Summer English Camp
Program: Emagination Computer Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Held at Lake Forest College in Illinois
Description: Technology learning PLUS Summer Camp Fun!
Emagination blends the latest in technology with fun non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience for kids & teens ages 8 -17. Two-week sessions allow time to make friends and become part of a community.
Beginners to experts choose three technology workshops. Create Digital Media – 3D Modeling, Digital Music, Photoshop. Learn to Code – Minecraft Modding, iApps, Scratch, Java, C#. Design Video Games – RPG, Action, Strategy, Mobile, Minecraft. Discover Engineering – Robots and RC Cars. Recreation and socializing are important! Campers get unplugged in outdoor games, swimming, a talent show, camper groups and more.
The experience at Emagination Computer Camps differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Emagination balances technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps.University locations in Fairfield, Connecticut and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. It’s Worth the Trip!
Program: The Sustainable Futures Summer Program Organized by the Center for Global Studies – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Description: What is sustainability? The global climate is changing. Fossil fuels can’t last forever. The global population has passed 7 billion. Is the concept of modern civilization under threat? What is needed to put society on a path that can safely take humanity to the 22nd century and beyond? The answers will surprise you.
In this summer course we’ll see how the fields of culture, politics, economics, physics and biology interact to reveal what will happen in a sustainable future. Join Professor Jonathan Tomkin for this one-week intensive course that combines lectures and discussions about the fundamental challenges of sustainability with case-study investigations of local practice. Students will do research, visit field sites and make team presentations on their findings. Students will experience college life & earn one college credit. Participants: Eligible students are rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduated seniors. Program website: For more information, visit the website: Illinois Global Studies Summer Workshop
Program: University of Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Program for High School Students: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Description: The Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Program is a week-long residential program for students interested in aerospace engineering and aviation. Students learn about aerospace engineering in the areas of propulsion systems, theory of flight, aerodynamics, principles of aircraft, and spacecraft design through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Participants: High school students. Program website: Illinois Summer Aerospace Institute
Program: University of Illinois Summer Academies for High School Students: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Description: The University of Illinois Summer Academies provide new opportunities for high school students to explore the University of Illinois campus; study potential careers or build their leadership skills, and meet youth from across the state. High school students have the opportunity to actively participate in 15-hours of interactive classroom and lab activities in their chosen Academy area, experience college life, live in a college dormitory, visiting CampusTown, and walking to and from classes, interact with high school students from across the state of Illinois via planned activities, and participate in ½ day of community service in the Champaign/Urbana community. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: University of Illinois Summer Academies
Program: Northwestern University College Preparation Program for High School Students: Evanston, Illinois Description: The College Prep Program allows high school students to experience college life at Northwestern University in the summer. Take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in an intensive noncredit InFocus seminar, all taught by Northwestern faculty. Choose from more than 300 courses in virtually every academic discipline. Course credit earned in the College Prep Program can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. Courses are flexibly scheduled, ranging from three-week intensive courses in science and languages, and four to six weeks for most other offerings. InFocus Seminars are designed to expose you to today’s important topics and the best of Northwestern’s faculty, but without the time commitment and cost of enrolling in a college credit course. These two-week noncredit seminars are structured like a college seminar course. International high school students have the option of enrolling in EducationUSA Academy, an intensive three-week program in English language study. Northwestern faculty will lead all seminars through discussion, reading and project work. Participants: Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by the date the program begins. Program website: Northwestern College Prep Program
Program: Southern Illinois University Summer Academic Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Edwardsville, Illinois Description: Southern Illinois University offers a variety of summer camps for high school students and middle school students. Participating students have the opportunity to study topics of interest at an in-depth level. Students also have a chance to participate in unique activities and explore areas of interest. Participants: High school students and middle school students. Program website: Southern Illinois Summer Academic Camps
Program: Western Illinois University Summer Youth Music Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Macomb, Illinois Description: Western Illinois University offers a summer music institute for high school students and middle school students. Sessions include junior high week, jazz combo camp, instrumental studio camp, and senior high week. Participating students have the opportunity to improve their musical skills, collaborate with peers, and gain experience on a college campus. Participants: High school students. Program website: Western Illinois University Summer Music Institute