Individual-Based Programs

Below is information on programs currently being offered by the College of Sciences and Mathematics for students in kindergarten through high school. Please click on the program titles for more information.

Grades 1-5

Getting Under The Surface (G.U.T.S.) (grades 1-6) - GUTS is an evening program for 1st–6th grade students and their parents or grandparents offered 2–3 times during the spring semester.  Each evening session includes dessert followed by a 90–minute science activity featuring a “Getting Under the Surface” theme designed to demystify the science of topics ranging from DNA to creatures in the deep sea to how batteries work.  The mission of GUTS is to enhance science literacy and engagement within our community by providing relevant science activities to students and their parents.

Science Matters (grades 1-6)- Science Matters is a summer enrichment academy for elementary students in grades 1-6 that offers youngsters a supercharged science experience. The program allows participants to explore the world of science through real experiments, fantastic enrichment activities, technology and art projects, and hands-on, make-n-take activities.  Each summer, Science Matters offers multiple science-themed weeks of programming.  Designed as a comprehensive six-year curricular program, Science Matters courses rotate each summer so that students can enter the program at any grade and experience unique programming each year through sixth grade.  The flexibility of Science Matters allows students to engage in a single week or in multiple weeks each summer.  Courses are designed and taught by exceptional elementary and secondary teachers of science who are trained in inquiry-based, student-centered learning approaches of instruction.

Grades 6-8

Getting Under The Surface (G.U.T.S.) (grades 1-6) - GUTS is an evening program for 1st–6th grade students and their parents or grandparents offered 2–3 times during the spring semester.  Each evening session includes dessert followed by a 90–minute science activity featuring a “Getting Under the Surface” theme designed to demystify the science of topics ranging from DNA to creatures in the deep sea to how batteries work.  The mission of GUTS is to enhance science literacy and engagement within our community by providing relevant science activities to students and their parents.

Robotics Academy - The four-day Robotics Academy offered each summer to rising 7th–9th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real world a scenario that culminates in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students are introduced to the design process, the importance of technical writing, and gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits. 

Grades 9-12

Robotics Academy - The four-day Robotics Academy offered each summer to rising 7th–9th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real world a scenario that culminates in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students are introduced to the design process, the importance of technical writing, and gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits.  

S.S.I. (Summer Science Institute) - This summer science program for outstanding 11th – 12th grade students interested in science and mathematics is open to students residing in Alabama or Georgia. The program partners students with experienced AU Science and Math research faculty to explore topics more advanced than what is typically taught in a public or private high school environment.

Last updated: 06/20/2014