Summer Academy

Summer Academy

A College Experience For High School Students

Session 1: Sunday, July 30 – Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
Session 2: Sunday, Aug. 13 – Friday, Aug. 18, 2023

Discover, Have Fun, Make Friends!

This six-day program for high school students introduces you to life on a college campus, plus, you’ll earn a college scholarship. Meet new friends while exploring your academic and career interests with university professors, researchers and other experts, and college students.  And, it’s summertime in Bend — so we’re getting outside — with daily adventures led by student leaders and staff.

Choose Your Academic Track

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student in force lab

 

Body Works!

Everyone has a body! Explore its fascinating inner workings and learn about physiology, muscle function and energy use. Join a fun group activity in OSU-Cascades’ cutting-edge FORCE biomechanics lab and see real-time data that explains how your amazing body moves.

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Summer Academy Art

 

Art + Media + Tech

Get a foundational look at digital and traditional art tools offered at OSU-Cascades. You’ll work across mediums and approaches with a focus on contemporary art. Hands-on activities include graphic design, interactive media, drawing and printmaking.

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Students in Makerspace

 

Tech Connect for Everyone 

Computing once only attracted people who love math. Now it’s for everyone! This fun tech dive is for future artists, writers and programmers, too. Meet researchers studying our emotions and music, and how to make sure computer science is for everyone. You, too!

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Summer academy students in forest

 

Amazing Science: Mysteries of Molecules (Session 1) 

Explore the surprising colors and explosiveness of molecules. Roll up your sleeves and see what makes rockets fly, solve forensic mysteries with molecular clues, escape danger through a molecular puzzle and prepare a dazzling show.   

Amazing Science: Hidden World of Microbiology (Session 2) 

It’s the basis of living systems, from oceans to forests. Take a tour beyond what the human eye sees, through a microscope, into the amazing biological, microbial and molecular biology worlds. Step outdoors to explore living things and spend time in a biology lab, doing fun experiments.

Daily Activities for Summer Academy Students

Outdoor Recreation

After a morning in the classroom, you’ll head outdoors to Bend’s lakes, rivers and trails. Student leaders in Cascades Adventures and our community partners aim to provide enriching experiences for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

On-Campus Activities

From board games to playing pool to watching movies, take a break after a full day of activities. The fitness center is also open to Summer Academy students.

College Scholarship

Students who complete the Summer Academy will each receive a $500 scholarship* to OSU-Cascades. The college scholarship can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following graduation from high school.

*The Summer Academy Scholarship is limited to $500 maximum per student per lifetime and can be applied only toward tuition at OSU-Cascades. Summer Academy Scholarships are not available for repeat Summer Academy participation.

Summer Academy Details

When

Session 1: Sunday, July 30 – Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
Session 2: Sunday, Aug. 13 – Friday, Aug. 18, 2023

Who

Open to high school students entering grades 10 – 12

Where

OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon

Overnight or Day Options

Stay in our state-of-the-art residence hall or register as a day camp student

Cost of Attendance

Overnight Camp Option: $1,195, includes:

  • Six days of programming
  • Five nights of accommodations in the residence hall
  • Meals and snacks
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following graduation from high school

Day Camp Option: $749, includes:

  • Six days of programming
  • Meals and snacks
  • A $500 scholarship to OSU-Cascades that can be applied toward tuition for the fall term immediately following graduation from high school