Summer opportunities are always a good idea to help maintain a childs development. There are lots of NEW opportunities that come up each year, some with federal grant money that provide a great opportunity at little to no cost to parents. Below are the programs which have been around for several years and should continue to be available in the future.
KSU Summer Programs -Kentucky State offers summer programs through 4-H in the areas of technology, agriculture, veterinary science, and engineering sciences. Applications usually become available end of February. Programs are selective and usually FREE to those accepted.
AgDiscovery - AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, and much more. This 2-4 week 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 will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team building activities. Applications usually become available end of February. Get a copy of the AgDiscovery application here (link will be active when new application becomes available) and view the AgDiscovery Brochure to learn more.
DukeTIP-7th grade students identified by qualifying scores on the state assessment will be invited to take the ACT through DukeTIP. Summer opportunities will be offered through Duke University to those students who have qualifying scores on the ACT. Originally these programs had generous scholarships available, but are currently limited.
WKU Gifted and Talented -Western Kentucky University offers a variety of summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented (qualifying scores forDuke TIP accepted). There is a cost associated, but is substantionally less than Duke due to proximity.
EKU Innerspace Camp -Eastern Kentucky University offers this camp for students age 14-17 who are interested in Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Animal Behavior. There is a cost involved, but is more reasonable than most residential programs and there are partial scholarships available.
UK Summer Camps -A wide variety of summer camp listings for the Lexington area including athletic and academic camps offered by University of Kentucky.
UL SPEED School -Summer Camps with engineering and science focuses are listed here and information is updated each spring. One program, INSPIRE is FREE to students that would be considered minorities in the engineering field and is sponsored by Brown-Forman.