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2017 camp information coming soon. See 2016 camp information below for an idea of what KU Edwards Campus has offered in the past.

Are you looking for a fun summer activity to keep your child’s brain stimulated? The KU Edwards Campus is excited to host a variety of summer camps presented by KU Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, KU Confucius Institute and the KU Center for STEM Learning. All camps will be located on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

If you have questions regarding any of the camp listings, please contact the unit presenting the camp.

KU Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences presents
Physical Activity & Youth Fitness Camps

Hawk Fitness Academy
Session 1: May 31 – July 7, 2016, 10 to 10:50 a.m. (Registration deadline: Friday, May 27)
Session 2: July 12 – August 4, 2016, 10 to 10:50 a.m. (Registration deadline: Friday, July 8)
Cost: $270 per child, Tuesdays and Thursdays, per 6-week session. However, scholarships are available to cover the full cost*. Future camp prices subject to change.

Hawk Fitness Academy is KU's newest elite youth training program. Your child will be given the opportunity to learn exercise skills that can be used for a lifetime in a FUN and SAFE environment with guidance from trained and knowledgeable instructors. Performing these skills will build your child’s confidence in exercise and will make it easier for your child to continue exercise during preadolescence to adulthood. Registered participants can choose to attend one day a week, or two (Tuesdays & Thursdays), depending on what’s best for your family’s schedule. Age group ranges from 5-10 years old. Visit the Edwards Campus event calendar for future dates. Future camp prices subject to change.

*Scholarships to cover full cost of participation during the 2016 sessions are available. A generous donor has provided funding to be used to advance the discipline of physical education at KU through targeted programming and initiatives which directly engage school-age children and youth in physical activity. Funded programs and initiatives will be targeted to students and teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels both during and outside of the regular school session.

Questions? Contact us at hawkfit@ku.edu1 or 785-864-2224.  

Online registration form

In addition to your registration, please complete our release of liability and video release forms.

Sport Skills & Physical Activity Camp
Session 1: June 6 – 17, 2016, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Registration deadline: Monday, May 23)
Session 2: June 20 – July 1, 2016, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Registration deadline: Monday, June 6)
Cost: $200 per session

Sports Skills and Physical Activity Camp is designed to provide boys and girls, ages 5 through 12, with the opportunity to develop sports skills and a good physical fitness level. Experiences will be provided in an individualized instructional environment with expert leadership and supervision. The curriculum will consist of a planned program of physical activity including: tumbling, kickball, soccer, badminton, physical fitness, softball, cooperative games, tag games, rhythms, scooters, and parachute skills. Participants are invited to choose from one session or attend both. All registrants will receive two camp t-shirts.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be made prior to June 3, 2016 for the first session and June 17, 2016 for the second session. No more than 75% of the total fee ($150.00) can be refunded.

In addition to your registration, please complete our release of liability and video release forms. Future camp prices subject to change.

KU Confucius Institute presents
Science & Chinese Language Camp

June 13 – 17, 2016, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $99

Science & Chinese Language Camp students will explore scientific concepts and learn basic Chinese terms and phrases. They will study the discovery, history, and construction of the Terracotta Army in Chinese. In addition to activities related to historic research and discovery and to assembly-line design and construction, students will learn basic Chinese language terms and phrases.

Whether your child is new to Chinese or has studied it before, this camp will teach your child to comprehend and speak Chinese, or improve their current skill level, and will give them the opportunity to explore the Terra Cotta Army from Xi'an.

*Registration will be processed through the KU Confucius Institute.

Refund Policy: Confucius Institute reserves the right to change or cancel any program. Efforts will be made to assign the students affected by such a change or cancelation to other available programs. A complete refund will be given in those cases where other program placement is not possible. NOTE: There will be NO REFUNDS if a student withdraws from any of our summer programs after 3 p.m. on May 27.

PDF registration form

KU Center for STEM Learning presents
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Camps

Students entering sixth grade through students leaving eighth grade are invited to enjoy a week of fun and advanced learning. Think you’ve mastered one of our camps? Think again. All camps have new challenges for 2016.

Get Your Game On (Mathematics)
June 6 – 10, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $90

Who doesn’t like playing games? Better yet, who doesn’t like winning games? Learn winning strategies through game theory, applied probability, and mathematical modeling. You’ll play new games and discover how to apply math strategies that will give you the advantage over future opponents.

Design Storm (Engineering)
June 6 – 10, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Think you can design your way out of a box?  We do, too.  Enter the world of engineering design thinking by (re)defining real problems and developing personally useful and meaningful solutions.  Campers will brainstorm, design and develop robotic solutions to design challenges.

The Labyrinth (Mathematics)
June 13 – 17, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $90

Can you find your way out of the Labyrinth? Only if you and your fellow wanderers can solve the maze’s mathematical conundrums in this week-long challenge full of numerical obstacles and trapdoor puzzles. You’ll need a good calculator, the help of your fellow adventurers, and a little luck. Calculators will be provided.

Mission Possible (Engineering)
June 13 – 17, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Your mission, should you choose to accept it... Explore aerodynamics and fundamentals of forces in order to design, build, and fly your own aircraft. What method of propulsion will you use? 3 - 2 - 1 - Blast Off! (This message will self-destruct…)

What on Earth? (Environmental)
June 20 – 24, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $150

What’s shaking, Kansas? Fish, fractures, and fossils, oh my! Investigate earthquakes, study marine life, test water quality, and examine rocks and fossils you find as you explore. Learn how Kansas is impacted by global factors and impacts the world!

Eye in the Sky (Remote Sensing)
June 20 – 24, 2016, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150

Look at the earth from the outside in! Mapping and remote sensing, snapping pictures through geographic information systems, visual processing of environmental data. Cool? Come try it!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk Code KU! (Beginning Code)
June 27 – July 1, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $125

Dreaming about writing code for Google someday? Campers will learn a few programming fundamentals, and use MIT’s App Inventor to collaboratively develop games, stories, and other projects that can be showcased on tablets at the end of the week.

girls.code (Girls Code)
June 27 – July 1, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $125

Feeling technologically inspired? This camp is special for techno GIRLS interested in learning coding!  Make this summer meaningful by learning programming fundamentals and collaborating to develop games, stories, and other programs so that by the end of the week, you’ll have a network of programming BFF’s. Girl Power!

Raspberry Pi (Maker/Computer Engineering)
June 27 – July 1, 2016, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Make a voice activated door opener. Create your own light show. Feed your cat automatically. This isn't pie in the sky, it's Raspberry Pi! What will you do with yours? Campers will take their project with them to continue exploring beyond camp.

Code Red! (More Coding)
July 11 – 15, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $125

You’ve completed your Hour of Code. In fact, you’ve done that for a myriad of hours. Time to get down to business, creative business, that is. Campers will develop custom projects based on their interest and ability. Be inspired. Inspire others. Create something extraordinary this summer!

Do You Arduino? (Maker/Computer Engineering)
July 11 – 15, 2016, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

You do now! During this week, campers will encounter a series of challenges as they explore physical computing. The experience culminates with a showcase of individual projects campers create utilizing the Arduino development board. Best of all, campers take their project with them to continue exploring beyond camp!

Proteins by Design (Biotechnology)
July 18 – 22, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon
Cost: $175

Discover the role of DNA and proteins in the exciting field of biotechnology. Campers will explore protein models, 3D modeling, wet labs, and computer simulations that demonstrate the production of fluorescing proteins by bacteria and analysis of DNA by electrophoresis. *This camp will be located at Olathe East High School.

It’s Elementary (Chemistry)
July 18 – 22, 2016, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Up, up and away! Join us for a week of exploring chemical reactions that produce gases. We will engineer rockets, make hot air balloons, and much more! *This camp will be located at Olathe East High School.

Refund Policy: Camp registrations cancelled 30 or more days prior to the start of the camp will receive a 90% refund of registration.  Cancelations 5 – 29 days prior will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds for cancelations less than 5 days before the camp begins.  To request a refund, please contact Kristie Parfet, kparfet@ku.edu, (913) 897-8552.

Online registration form


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