Children, teens invited to 10th anniversary of ETSU Renaissance Child summer camps

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will celebrate 10 years of offering educational summer camps for children and teens with a variety of old favorites and new additions.

The Renaissance Child Camp for children ages 6-10 will provide programs in science, math, technology and the arts. The dates for Renaissance Child Camps are June 18-22 and July 9-13.

A new Renaissance Child Science Exploration Laboratory for children 6-12 will be offered June 4-8. Campers will experience the world of science inside the classroom, the lab, and in the outdoors as they participate in chemistry experiments, build bug catchers and dissect owl pellets.

The inaugural Renaissance Child Construction Zone for ages 6-12 will be held July 30-Aug. 3. Participants will design, build and perhaps destroy objects as they explore the basic laws of physics and engineering and create their own machine from recycled materials.

Renaissance Challenge Camp for ages 11-14 will celebrate Superhero Week June 25-29. Campers will design a 3-D model of a superhero they create and then compose a comic book about the hero. A visit to Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge is also planned.

Art, Music, and Drama Camp, held July 9-20, provides a two-week course in screenplay writing, set production, choreography and costume design for ages 10-16. Christine Waxstein, costume director for ETSU’s theatre program, will lead the class. Campers will travel to Barter Theatre to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and take a tour of the theatre.

Science and Forensics Camp, offered June 11-15, is designed for youth ages 11-15 who have an interest in forensic science and criminology. Participants will learn to gather evidence as they solve a mock crime scene and proceed through a mock trial.

A Science and Engineering Camp will be offered for the first time from July 23-27 for the 11-15 age group. While exploring engineering disciplines and related sciences, campers will build bridges and a model of a geodesic dome.

Computer Camp for Teens, held July 30-Aug. 3, welcomes participants ages 11-15. ETSU’s James Livingston returns to work with campers on film editing. This year’s primary focus will be on adding visual effects to their films.

Digital Media Camp, offered the week of July 23-27 at ETSU’s Niswonger Digital Media Center, will allow rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity study visual effects. Under the direction of James Livingston, campers will learn about using video clips, still imagery, green screen and motion graphics.

All camps meet from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For registration or further information, visit the Web site at or contact Angela McFall of the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878 or


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