Academic Summer Camps
June 5-7, 2017

Summer CampsGone is the traditional image of high school students spending their summer lounging by the pool. Today’s youth, and the parents who often help pay for college, remain open to the idea of spending this coveted time “off” in more constructive ways. 

After a successful 2016 academic summer camp season that attracted 80 students to campus from all across the country, Southern is excited to expand its offerings for 2017. This year there will be eight academic camps June 5-7 bringing high school students to the university for an opportunity to explore or sharpen their vocational focus before even starting college. Each three-day camp includes a spiritual component as well, modeling for campers and their families how Adventist education facilitates the marriage of career and calling. Registration for the camps is capped at 14 students per group or lower, a number not chosen by accident. At Southern, we're proud of our 14:1 student/faculty ratio and believe this same idea, that students deserve individual attention, applies to our academic summer camps as well.

Supervised group housing and transportation assistance is available for students coming from outside the Chattanooga area. Click camp titles below for dates, descriptions, prerequisites, instructor bios, and costs. 

Computing Camp »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Computers are all around us—in shoes, watches, phones, and cars, as well as on desks. Professors from Southern's School of Computing take you beyond web surfing and email to acquire the basic skills needed to connect a small computer (Arduino) to the real world via displays, buttons, and sensors. Then you’ll learn to write and debug C and Python programs that make this computer interact with you and control other devices. Whether you want to create your own robot or program the next killer app, we’ll get you started.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Tyson Hall, PhD, and Robert Ordóñez, MSc

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Creative Writing Camp: Poetry »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: "Word Play – Creating Poetry that Speaks to the Soul" is a writing workshop conducted by Amanda Gomez, a recent English Department alumnae from Southern. Students will create original work (or refine existing pieces) and have the opportunity to share these poems during a performance alongside film, graphic design, and photography campers. Currently a graduate assistant at Old Dominion University where she's pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Gomez has earned high praise from established poets and honorable mention by the 2016 Poetry Society of Virginia.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Gomez, '14

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Filmmaking Camp: StoryForge  »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Advances in technology have made filmmaking an increasingly available tool for sharing stories and connecting with audiences. Join us this July and let professors, recent graduates, and students in Southern's School of Visual Art and Design take you on a crash course in filmmaking! From coming up with a basic ideas to screening your film for an audience here on campus, we'll be there to guide and support you every step of the way. Students in this program work in teams to conceptualize, shoot, and edit short documentary or narrative films. All cameras, lights, sound equipment, and editing gear are provided.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: David George, MFA, and Nick Livanos, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Forensic Chemistry Camp »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: This camp provides students with the opportunity to explore chemical techniques relevant to criminal investigations (hint: it's never as simple as they make it look on television). Broaden and enrich your understandings of fundamental chemistry concepts through practical applications by using modern instrumental techniques to explore areas of chemistry such as explosives, water quality, biochemical analysis, spectroscopy, and fluorescence. An experienced forensic investigator will be part of the instructional team! 

PREREQUISITES: "C" or better in high school chemistry course and an interest in the sciences as a career 

INSTRUCTORS: Jan Cathey, MST, Emily Hamstra, MSFS, Brent Hamstra, PhD, Loren Barnhurst, PhD, Bruce Schilling, PhD, and Mitch Menzmer, PhD

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Graphics and Printmaking Camp: DesignForge »

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED ENROLLMENT CAPACITY. We'd love to see you attend one of our other camps!

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Emerging technologies mean new possibilities for visual expression, and "DesignForge" is your opportunity to explore these tools for creating original designs in a wide variety of cutting-edge and traditional formats. Southern professors will introduce you to the latest creative processes, as you meld classic and digital techniques to take your own art from paper to finished digital and analog products such as animated icons, posters, stencils, cut vinyl stickers, and t-shirts.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Randy Craven, MFA, Marc Boyson, MFA, and Joe La Com, MFA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Photography Camp »

THIS CAMP HAS REACHED ENROLLMENT CAPACITY. We'd love to see you attend one of our other camps!

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Want to improve your composition and technical skills while enjoying outdoor activities, inspiring devotionals, and more? Students will learn about studio/outdoor portraiture, macro photography, painting with light, high-speed flash, time-lapse, Adobe Lightroom software, and new this year, DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY! All equipment, including cameras, is provided.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Stephen Ruf, MS, and Ryan Harrell, MA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Physics and Engineering Camp »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Relationships are critical in math, physics, and engineering. What is the best angle to aim your super soaker to get the maximum distance? Which mathematical model best explains how light intensity varies with distance? Both are valuable to know! Explore some of the most important relationships that exist in nature and learn how to express these relationships as mathematical equations, making it easier to gain insight into how nature works. Join us as we build experiments, play with measuring devices, and learn new mathematical tools.

PREREQUISITES: "C" or better in Algebra 2 high school course and interest in pursuing a math, physics, or engineering career

INSTRUCTORS: Blake Laing, PhD, and Chris Hansen, PhD

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

Social Work and Missions Camp »

DATE: June 5-7, 2017

DESCRIPTION: Dive into a variety of social issues, both locally and globally, through classroom instruction, devotions, and small-group discussions. During a social justice bus tour of downtown Chattanooga, students will visit the Family Justice Center and City Hall, among other sites, coming face-to-face with marginalized communities, food deserts, poverty, and other injustices. This camp exposes students to the day-to-day activities associated with service careers, showing both the reality and promise of this important calling. Together we’ll explore what a Christ-centered approach looks like for helping heal a broken world today without losing sight of our ultimate, eternal goals.

PREREQUISITES: None

INSTRUCTORS: Kristie Wilder, JD, Seth Shaffer, MSFS, and Melissa Moore, MSA

COST: $150 includes all instruction, meals, and recreation ($200 if requiring campus housing).

For more information about anything related to academic summer camps, please contact us.