Children and teens invited to ETSU Renaissance summer camps

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development invites children ages six and up to participate in Renaissance Child camps this summer. 

The camps offer a variety of educational, hands-on, interactive opportunities for participants from first grade through high school. The programs are based on “STREAM” Educational Curriculum (Science, Technology, Reading/Recreation, Engineering, Arts and Math) and follow the Tennessee Core State Standards.

A new Renaissance Child Science Discovery Camp: A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Beyond for children ages 6-12 will explore earth science, with volcanoes erupting and crystal gardens growing. Campers can make edible “rocks” and participate in other experiments. Field trips to Bristol Caverns and Cooper’s Gem Mine are planned. The dates for the camp are June 3-7.

Computer Camp for Teens, to be held June 3-7, welcomes those ages 11-15. Students will learn videography, as well as greenscreen and effects compositing. Participants will assemble a demo reel presentation for their family and friends.

            Science and Forensics Camp, offered June 10-14, is designed for those ages 11-15 who will join the Renaissance Camp “CSI unit.” Participants will learn to gather evidence, such as blood type identification, fiber analysis and DA extraction, as they solve a mock crime scene. Local forensic experts will visit the class, and a field trip to the American Museum of Atomic Entergy in Oak Ridge is planned.

Digital Media Camp, offered the week of June 10-14 at ETSU’s Niswonger Digital Media Laboratory, will allow high school students to discover digital imaging manipulation techniques through photographs, as well as the use of still imagery to create animated video clips. On the final day, students will have a showing of their work and a reception for family and friends.

A new Renaissance Child Superhero Week from June 17-21 allows children ages 6-12 to create an original superhero, determining the special qualities to give the character and deciding where it would go and what it would do. Campers will design a 3-D model of their hero, as well as develop a formula for a “bouncy” ball along with other science experiments.

Also new is a Renaissance Child Exploration Camp for ages 6-12, to be held June 24-28. While exploring science, technology and the arts, campers will build cotton ball catapults and make simple electrical circuits. Other activities include painting, drawing, sculpting and creating art from recycled materials. In addition, they will work in a computer lab and create a book of original stories.

From July 8-12, campers ages 6-12 will be the first to attend the new Renaissance Child Imagination Station, where they can develop creative drama techniques and stretch their imaginations as they write stories in the computer lab, make puppets and masks, and play the part of “mad scientist” with science experiments. At the end of the week, campers will present their puppet shows and stories to family and friends. The guest instructor will be David Claunch, who holds a master’s degree in storytelling from ETSU.

Art, Music and Drama Camp, to be held July 8-19, provides a two-week course for campers ages 10-16 who will collaborate in writing, staging and performing an original play. They will design sets and costumes, as well as choreograph dance routines, as they prepare to present their play to family and friends. Also included will be attending the Barter Theatre production of “Cinderella.” Ashley King will return as director this year. She works with Barter Theatre and is a digital media and theater student at ETSU.

A Science and Engineering Camp will be offered from July 22-26 for the 11-15 age group. While exploring engineering disciplines and related sciences, campers will launch hydro rockets and design roller coasters, as well as visit the campus robotics lab. A field trip to Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge is planned.  

The Renaissance Child Construction Zone, July 29-Aug. 2, gives children 6-12 years of age a chance to design and build their own contraptions, gizmos and gadgets from recycled materials. They will explore how things work and how to build a strong structure as they learn the basic laws of physics and engineering. The week will culminate with a “Renaissance Kid’s Trade Show,” where the week’s creations will be on display.

All camps meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Fees range from $180-375, depending on the camp, with discounts available for ETSU faculty, staff and students, as well as multiple registration discounts.

For registration or further information, contact the ETSU Office of Professional Development at or (800) 222-3878.


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