Two female students work together to sand wood.

2019 summer camps let students explore new passions

July 12, 2019

It’s summertime, when schedules relax enough for us to practice new skills, explore new passions and have a little fun along the way. Each summer CU Denver offers a variety of camps across many disciplines, for everyone from little kids to young adults. From animation lessons to urban design-builds, writing workshops to pool parties, there was something for every kind of camper.

Group of students working outside the CU building to build a bench.
Participants in the architecture camp designed and built furniture, swings and planters for the plaza at 14th and Larimer Streets.

Giving rise to urban architects

The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offered an immersive, week-long architecture camp for middle and high school students in June. Campers designed and built furniture, swings and planters for the plaza at 14th and Larimer Streets to be part of the Greater & Greener 2019 international conference, of which CU Denver is a sponsor.

Two female students working at a desk.
The College of Architecture and Planning offered an immersive, week-long architecture camp for middle and high school students.

Organized in partnership with the ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) Mentor Program, the camp drew teens and tweens from seven Western states to work side-by-side with faculty and students in design labs, getting hands-on experience with digital fabrication equipment and exploring STEAM careers. Another CAP-organized camp in June led about 25 Denver students in building a pedestrian bench between Cherry Creek Trail and 14th Street.

The explore wooden bench.
At an architecture camp, 25 Denver students built a pedestrian bench between Cherry Creek Trail and 14th Street.

Bringing science into the city

Faculty and grad students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invited first- through eighth-graders to the Science in the City: STEAM Camp in June. Campers participated in activities focused on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM), such as:

  • Chemistry of slime
  • Egg-drop challenge
  • Anatomy in clay
  • Urban stream ecology
  • Creating art in a maker-space

Developing young writers

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted middle and high school students for a five-day Writing for Civic Engagement Young Writers Camp in June. The aspiring Susan Sontags participated in writing workshops with professional writers and Denver Writing Project teacher consultants, experimenting with writing arguments in multiple genres on topics relevant to their lives. 

High school student playing keyboard
Nearly 300 high school students from around the world attended this year’s LYNX National Arts & Media Camp offered by the College of Arts & Media.

Sharing a passion for the arts

Nearly 300 high school students from around the world attended this year’s LYNX National Arts & Media Camp offered by the College of Arts & Media in June and July. Through both residential and non-residential programs, students worked with university faculty and industry professionals, digging into music and arts topics including:

  • 2D and digital animation
  • Audio production
  • Urban murals
  • Comic book design
  • Photography
  • Motion graphics
  • Filmmaking
  • Music business

Campers also learned about career opportunities in the arts, worked to build their own communities of peers and mentors and got a chance to explore the Mile High City and Rocky Mountain region through tours and field trips.

Participants of the LYNX National Arts & Media Camp went on a field trip to Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Promoting health and wellness

At the Lola & Rob Student Wellness Center, 26 kids ages 5-12 took advantage of two wellness camps offered in June. Camp counselors focused helping kids develop social skills, healthy living habits, friendships, self-confidence and teamwork. The kid campers focused on having fun in the pool, trying out the climbing wall and winning the paper airplane contest.

Children are seated on the floor with yoga mats while looking at the instructor
Kids ages 5-12 attended wellness camps at the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center.

Helping others through technology

The College of Engineering, Design and Computing helps high school students learn what it means to be a bioengineer at the Bioengineering Opportunities & Leadership Training Camp (BOLT) in July. A four-day interactive experience, BOLT explores the connections among biology, engineering and medicine. Students learn about topics including 3D printing, medical imaging and tissue engineering from faculty, researchers and industry engineers.