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University of Illinois Springfield Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) will offer four academic summer camps for middle and high school students in June and July. Each experience will be led by a UIS faculty member and will offer students a challenging, fun and affordable summer experience.

Programs include:

  • “The Startup Academy: Raising Entrepreneurial Aspirations” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 6-10 on the UIS campus. This experience is a week-long, summer day academy for high school students who demonstrate a desire to foster entrepreneurial spirit. Students selected for the summer academy will acquire business knowledge and technological skills. They will be exposed to the challenges and rewards of starting their own ventures and develop connections with the business and community leaders.
  •  “Math Challenge: Cool math for middle school students” 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. June 20-21 held via Zoom. In this two-day camp talented middle school students will learn about surprising and cool math topics, including Fibonacci numbers, a taste of calculus and the art of estimation.
  • “Relativity: The physics and math behind Einstein’s theory” 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. June 27-29 held via Zoom. In this three-day virtual summer camp talented high school students will learn the basic physics and math concepts of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Other topics will include time dilation/length contraction and black holes.
  • “UIS-CSI: Crime Scene Institute” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 7 & 8 at the UIS Residential Simulation Lab on campus. High school students will learn to investigate a crime scene utilizing the Residential Simulation Lab.  The criminology, chemistry and child advocacy studies programs will collaborate to create an experiential crime scene, utilizing interviewing skills and problem-based learning.

Parents can register their student for the academic summer camps on the CAPE website.

For more information, contact Rob Kerr, UIS director of continuing and professional education, at 217-206-8644 or

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