May 28, 2020

K-12 virtual summer camps open for registration at Wayne State University

It might look a little different this year, but Wayne State University will once again offer the challenging and exciting summer programs families in Detroit and beyond have come to expect for their K-12 students. Registration is now available for an innovative lineup of virtual K-12 summer programming.

Nearly 80% of this summer’s planned K-12 offerings have been converted to “all-access” programming, available at no cost to participants. For programs with fees, C&IT Summer Engagement scholarships covering the full cost of STEM-related camps are available, and students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for consideration. The scholarships are made possible by WSU’s Computing and Information Technology department, under the leadership of chief information officer and associate vice president Daren Hubbard. 

“Wayne State has a long tradition of K-12 outreach. We look forward to hosting new and returning students in our virtually formatted camps,” said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Keith Whitfield.  “While we will miss seeing the students on our beautiful campus this summer, we’re confident that these virtual programs will provide the stimulating content and learning opportunities families have come to expect from WSU.”

Additional scholarships are available for engineering-related camps through the College of Engineering and K-12 outreach partners.

To make the choices easy to navigate, families are able to use a streamlined registration website, available at k-12.wayne.edu.

“Powered by InfoReady, the registration website has newly enhanced features, like the ability to save favorite camps from year to year, making future registration easier,” said Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Dawn Medley. “It also includes year-round engagement opportunities for students and parents.”

The K-12 summer programming leadership team understand that accessibility is also key for the virtual camps. In order to provide students with necessary learn-at-home materials, as well as low-tech camp offerings, partnership conversations were created with MotorCity STEAM, Arts and Scraps, and Detroit Public Television. 

“I’m particularly excited that our summer K-12 camps have created innovative high-tech, low-tech strategies to offer more than 65 experiences this summer in everything from STEM to music to digital design,” said Associate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development and Director of STEM Learning Innovation Center Tonya M. Matthews. “This is what Warrior Strong looks like: Being as resilient and creative as the students we serve.”

To learn more about Wayne State University’s K-12 virtual summer programs, visit k-12.wayne.edu or email k12camps@wayne.edu.