A Summer Taste of College Life and Learning for Your Teen

Here's the chance for your STEAM-focused teen to dig into design, marketing, engineering, medicine and more at Lawrence Tech's summer camp program.

For the academically engaged high school student, summer is the time to plug into immersive experiences that challenge and stretch the mind. This summer, Lawrence Technological University (LTU), a private university in the Southfield City Centre, welcomes rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to fun and engaging week-long summer camps.

“We started our summer camps over 10 years 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 as residential campers, living in student housing, eating in the cafeteria and participating in fun evening activities. All camp experiences follow the same social distancing and masking requirements LTU students, faculty and staff have followed during the regular school year.

“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.

Here are a few of the summer camp offerings this summer at LTU:

  • Foundations of art, architecture and design: dig in and explore how thoughtful design impacts real-life situations.
  • Humans and technology: explore how technology shapes modern society, including popular culture, films, music, art and literature.
  • Graphic design studio: for lovers of visual design, this camp simulates a real-world studio where students use industry-standard design techniques and software to create a portfolio-ready project.
  • Marketing at a glance: what is business marketing all about? Students learn current and future marketing trends and gain digital marketing and leadership skills in a fun, interactive environment.

There’s more. Additional summer camp offerings focus on sketching and visual communication, psychology, molecules in medicine and industrial engineering.

Learn more about Lawrence Technological University summer camp opportunities at ltu.edu/summer-camps/.

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