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: Canceled for 2020 
Time: All Day
Cost: Tuition cost is $250 for Six District Educational Compact students (students in the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, Woodridge School Districts) and $300 for non-Compact students
Register Here for A.C.E. Academy Payment can be made online or via check. 
For additional info, contact: The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at 330-672-2892 or

AT&T Classroom Technology & Innovation Camps (Grades 1-8)

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, Kent State has made the difficult decision to cancel all camps on campus through July 4. Decisions will be made within the next few weeks regarding camps that begin after July 4. Plans are also underway to offer some virtual/online camp opportunities and information will be posted to this site.

The AT&T Classroom Technology & Innovation Camps offer children hands-on opportunities to explore design and innovation through various technologies including robotics, drones, 3D modeling, circuits, augmented/virtual reality and more. Camps include (by age):

  • Programming, Design, & Animation (Grades 2+)
  • Inventing with MaKey MaKey & Scratch 3.0 (Grades 3+)
  • Programming & Robotics with LEGO WeDo2.0 (Grades 3+)
  • Explorations in Augmented & Virtual Reality (Grades 4+)
  • Girls 4STEAM: Chic to be Geek! (Grades 4+)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Motion (Grades 4+)
  • STEM Adventures with Aeronautics, Robots, Drones & Design (Grades 4+)
  • Design Thinking with 3D Modeling & Printing (Grades 5+)
  • Video Game Design with RPG Maker MV (Grades 5+)
  • Future Flashes Esports (Grades 5-8)

Dates: June 8- July 30, 2020 (depending on specific technology camp)
Time: Differs depending on camp
Cost: Varies on camp (Discounts available for Early Bird registration before May 1, 2020)
Register Here for Summer Technology Camps
For additional info,

Camp Read-A-Lot (Grades 1-6) 

Due to COVID-19, discussions are underway regarding Camp Read-A-Lot, but no decisions have been made to date. Once a decision has been made, information will be posted here

The Kent State University (KSU) Summer Clinical Practicum in Corrective Reading intervention program, aka Camp Read-A-Lot, has a strong record of improving student achievement in literacy while also assisting graduate students (already certified teachers) in strengthening and refining their instructional practices in the language arts. The program begins with an assessment of each child's literacy strengths and needs. At the conclusion of the program, the teachers write a letter to share pre- and post-assessment results and to provide specific recommendations for home and school. 

Dates: Dates TBD
Time: All Day
Cost: $160
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
Register Here for Camp Read-A-Lot 
For additional info, contact: Sherry Ernsberger, Special Assistant, at 330-672-0622 or

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!

The KSU STARTALK Foreign Language Academy for 2020-2021 will not be offered.

For questions, 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 8 - 12, 2020 (Registration deadline is May 25, 2020)
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: Greg Bailey, Assistant Director, Recreational Services at 330-672-0463 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. 

Dates: June 8 - August 19, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon with an option of before/after care 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Cost: $153 KSU/CDC affiliated; $165 not affiliated (enrollment is limited) 
Steam Camp Registration Coming Soon
For additional info, contact: Pam Hutchins, M.Ed, Child Development Center at

Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

The 2020 Summer Fashion Academy at the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has been canceled due concerns surrounding COVID-19.

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: Canceled for Summer 2020
Cost: $1,500 
Register Here for Summer Fashion Academy
For additional info, contact: The Fashion School at 330-672-3010 or

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

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 2020
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: July 22 - July 26, 2020 (Registration Open)
Cost: $225
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
Register Here for Wick Juniors Summer Camp 
For additional info, contact: