Youth | Office of Continuing and Distance Education | Kent State University
Aeronautics Careers Education Academy (A.C.E. Academy) (High School Students)

The Aeronautics Careers Education Academy is designed to allow high school students to experience facilities rarely open to the public. In a partnership with the Six District Educational Compact, this annual week-long program for 25 students entering grades 10-12 exposes students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace engineering, including Air Traffic Control (ATC), professional pilot, aviation management, and aeronautical engineering.

Dates: June 11-15, 2018 
Time: All Day
Cost: Tuition cost is $225 for Six District Educational Compact students (students in the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, Woodridge School Districts) and $275 for non-Compact students
Register Here for A.C.E. Academy 
For additional info, contact: The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at 330-672-2892 or

Air Force Association's CyberCamp (High School Students)

Please note: For 2018 this program is only open to Warrensville Heights High School students. Check back at a later date for information on 2019. 

Through this week-long residential program — to be held on the Kent State campus — 16 Warrensville Heights High School students will learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity, as well as the teamwork and organizational skills that will set you apart in the STEM job market. In addition, program participants will benefit from presentations by and direct interactions with cyber industry professionals, from the commercial, military, and law enforcement sectors, who will expose you to the broad career opportunities in this field. Thank you to the generous support of the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation for funding this program. 

Dates: June 11-15, 2018 
Time: All Day
Cost: No cost 
For additional info, visit the AFA CyberCamp Program Overview

Foreign Language Academy (Ohio High School Students) 

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

Dates: June 18 - July 13, 2018
Register Here for Foreign Language Academy  
For additional info, contact: The Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies, at 330-672-2150 or 

Girls Geared for Engineering Camp (Middle School Students)

From the Kent State College of Aeronautics and Engineering, campers experience aerospace engineering and mechatronics, the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer, and systems engineering, on the Kent State University campus in this multi-disciplinary, week-long day camp. Campers will also take part in fun and challenging engineering projects and activities, such as flying mini-drones and launching a rocket. Campers will explore career opportunities during site visits to two well-known companies. 

Dates: June 11-15, 2018 
Time: All Day
Cost: $75
Register Here for Girls Geared for Engineering Camp 
For additional info, contact: Liz Porter at 330-672-4449 or

Kent State Recreational Services Youth Programming (All Ages)

The Department of Recreational Services is proud to offer a variety of youth programming for Future Flashes of all ages! Our signature program, PEAK Summer Camp, features nine weeks of summer fun for kids ages 6 to 15. Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey and Learn to Swim lessons are offered year-round. We also offer a youth swim team, Golden Splashes, for more advanced swimmers. Recreational Services provides a great way for kids to earn physical activity credit with our Home School Gym and Swim program. Additional programs throughout the year include fitness classes, sport prep clinics and more! Check back often for new program offerings and information about special events for kids and families.

Dates: Varies depending on activity
Time: Varies depending on activity
Register Here for Youth Programming (Select your activity)
For additional info, contact: Phelan Fletcher, Youth Programs Coordinator at 330-672-0460 or

Photojournalism Workshop (High School Students)

High school students can spend a day learning about photojournalism from award-winning Kent State faculty and students. 

Dates: July 11, 2018
Cost: Free
Register Here for the Summer Photojournalism Workshop 
For additional info, contact: The School of Journalism & Mass Communication at 330-672-2572 or 

Piano Institute (Grades 7-12)

This workshop for talented piano students in grades 7 - 12 offers a unique combination of lessons, master classes and performance opportunities. Students from all over the United States will converge on the campus of Kent State University for 10 days of inspiration, learning, and sharing.

Registration for 2018 is closed. 
For additional info, contact: Allison Bates, Outreach Program Manager at 330-672-1064 or

STEAM Camp (Children 3-5 years)

Housed within Kent State University's Child Development Center, these early learning summer camps are for children ages 3, 4, and 5. Download Camp Descriptions (PDF)

Dates: June 11 - August 15, 2018 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Cost: $145 KSU/CDC affiliated; $165 not affiliated 
Steam Camp Registration (PDF)
For additional info, contact: Pam Hutchins, M.Ed, Child Development Center at

Summer 2018 Youth Writing Camp (Grades 4-9) 

Let your voice be heard at the National Writing Project Youth Writing Camp at Kent State University this summer! The camp is directed by certified National Writing Project consultants Aleesha Bradick and Angie Briggs.

Dates: June 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 per student 
Location: Kent State University, White Hall
Register Here for Summer Youth Writing Camp 
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Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

The academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. The Summer Fashion Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college, summer residence program. Our mission is to inspire creative and resourceful fashion leaders.

Dates: June 17-23, 2018
Cost: $1,500 
Register Here for Summer Fashion Academy (Registration is full for Summer 2018. To be placed on a waitlist, send an email to
For additional info, contact: The Fashion School at 330-672-3010 or

Summer Technology Camps (Grades 1-8)

Housed within Kent State University's Research Center for Educational Technology, the AT&T Classroom provides a unique setting to study the potential of educational technologies. The Technology Summer Camps offer chances for young campers to learn about 3D printing, LEGO WeDo  systems, drones coding, robotics, and much more. 

Dates: June 6 - August 2, 2018 (depending on specific technology camp)
Time: Differs depending on camp 
Cost: Varies on camp
Register Here for Summer Technology Camps 
For additional info, contact: 

Upward Bound Summer Institute (9th & 10th grade sudents)

The Kent State University Upward Bound Classic Program has been in existence since 1971 between the Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success. The Summer Institute is a six-week residential program on the Kent State University campus. Students attend targeted classes in the fields of math, business, language, science, and electives. Students participate in intensive hands-on learning experiences and field trips. Students engage in social and cultural activities designed to provide a holistic learning experience.

Dates: Summer 2018 
Find More Information for Upward Bound Here 
For additional info, contact: The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 330-672-2920 or 

Wick Juniors Summer Camp (Grades 3-12) 

In partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, students entering grades 3 through 12 will experience one day with the Wick Poetry Center teachers at Kent State University. Additionally, students will continue their experience with Wick teachers during a three-night, four-day stay at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Through guided hikes, pond dips, and more, the young writers will explore how the natural world influences our writing. A culminating reading will follow at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. The registration fee covers all expenses, including meals and lodging at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Additionally, the young writers will receive a bag, notebook, and pencils.  

Dates: August 1-5, 2018
Cost: $190 (dorm option); $120 (tent option)
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
Register Here for Wick Juniors Summer Camp 
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