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* The Summer Experience at Rensselaer: Camps, Classes, Professional Development*
The Summer Experience at Rensselaer: Camps, Classes, Professional Development
Summer is an exciting time to be on the Rensselaer campus. Summer programs at Rensselaer continue to provide individuals of all ages with an opportunity to explore and develop their passions and interests through a variety of programs coordinated by the Office of Outreach Programs. Launched three years ago, more than 3,000 individuals already have participated in Summer@Rensselaer programs.

Summer@Rensselaer offers credit courses, academic short courses, sports camps, and enrichment programs for elementary, middle school, high school and college students, adults, and working professionals. This year, more than 1,000 individuals are enrolled in programs developed for the summer semester. Programs cover a range of topics, including engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, management, leadership, professional development, and research opportunities, among others. Customized programs also can be developed for specific company or organization needs.

“Summer is an exciting time to be at Rensselaer, a place where enthusiasm and innovation are the very hallmarks of our programs and classes,” says Kim Scalzo, director of outreach programs. “Within our programs, students of all ages, adults, and working professionals have an opportunity to pursue academic and professional interests that may provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their education.”

In an effort to provide younger students with access to resources, mentorship, and an interactive experience in science, engineering, and technology, summer enrichment programs will be offered for elementary, middle school, and high school students. From discovering the beauty of architecture to building model airplanes, from exploring the field of the physical sciences and engineering to learning the fundamentals of video game development and even the art of acting, students will get a first-hand look at future career opportunities.

“Within our programs, students of all ages have an opportunity to pursue academic and professional interests
that may provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their education.”

Some of the flagship programs include: Architecture Career Discovery Program, ASM Materials Day Camp, LEGO® Robotics Engineering Academy, Computer Game Development Academy, Young Actors Guild, the Rensselaer Football Camp, the Engineers Elite Hockey Camp, and the Red & White Hockey School for Girls, VEX Robotics Engineering Academy, Samaritan-Rensselaer Children’s Center RPI Summer Day Camp, and DOSO Pre-College programs. In addition, there are several programs focused on exploring creativity, ecological awareness, video savvy, drawing, and hockey, to name a few.

To date, program participants hail from the Capital Region, New York state, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as the countries of Italy and Bangladesh.

“We are beginning to see the results of our efforts in reaching out to younger students who are interested in pursuing academic programs during the summer that are fun and instructive,” Scalzo notes. “Many of the high school students have expressed interest in pursuing careers in technical fields based on the programs they were enrolled in, and several students have enrolled at Rensselaer, which is very encouraging.”

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Volume 2, Number 10, June 6, 2008
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