If your high school student comes alive at the mention of anything related to engineering, science, IT, business, design, 3D modeling, even using data to tell a visual story — this is their summer to shine at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), a private university in the Southfield City Centre. Summer is the time for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to join fun, engaging week-long STEM summer camps, right on the campus of LTU.
Why LTU? As a creative technological university, LTU is focused on preparing students for careers that may not exist yet — possibly in industries still on the horizon. LTU knows how to engage kids in fun summer experiences that may prepare them for their own futures.
“We started our summer camps over a decade ago to give high school students the opportunity to explore their passions and figure out what they might like to pursue in college,” says Lisa Kujawa, associate provost for enrollment and outreach at LTU. “We get kids from all over Michigan and even out of state, so it’s a great way for kids to meet new friends, have fun and learn at the same time.”
Because camps are led by university faculty right on LTU’s campus, students get a feel for what it’s like to attend LTU and see themselves as future Blue Devils. All camps follow the LTU “Theory and Practice” philosophy of education and feature tastes of majors offered in the university’s four colleges of architecture and design, arts and sciences, business and information technology, and engineering.
“Attending summer camp at LTU is a great way for parents to help their kids do some early college planning and it provides a lot more information about the real-campus feel than a traditional college tour would,” Kujawa says, adding that about 48% of campers go on to enroll and pursue their education at LTU.
Campers can attend as day campers, or, for many of the camps, as residential campers, living in student housing, eating in the cafeteria and participating in fun evening activities. Safety is top priority and LTU follows up-to-date guidelines set out by state and local health authorities to prioritize the health and safety of all campers.
“LTU summer camps are a really great opportunity for kids to figure out what they want to do in college and as a career. They’re really fun, too,” Kujawa says.
The unique and engaging topics featured at the camps speak for themselves and students will be challenged to think at the college level, solving real-world problems guided by expert professors and industry leaders. Here are a few of the summer camp offerings this summer at LTU:
- 3D Modeling and Printing: Participants apply coding design to create a physical object using 3D printing techniques, gaining really cool skills in the process.
- Leadership Summer Camp: In this fun, interactive camp, kids learn the holistic leadership mindset and gain wisdom from senior leaders across industry sectors.
- Art of Extracting a Story From Data: Using Google’s Colab, students learn Python programming language to apply visualization skills to derive insights from data — building a highly sought-after skill.
- Architecture and Interior Design: Using drawing, campers learn orthographic projection and take a small-scale architectural project through completion. Visits to Detroit area design firms and architectural works bring the subject matter to life, too.
- Biomedical Engineering: Kids engage in team projects to learn basic medical-setting engineering design tools and instrumentation and explore the role of the biomedical engineer.
There’s so much more. Additional summer camp offerings focus on Esports, creating mobile apps, hidden engineering inside buildings, industrial design, computer networking/cybersecurity/AI, landscape architecture, entrepreneurship and global trade, international psychology, robotics and music video production.
Learn more about Lawrence Technological University summer camp opportunities and register at ltu.edu/summer-camps/.