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

Arboretum Days - Hosted by the Donald E. Davis Arboretum at Auburn University, Arboretum Days, is a Saturday program designed especially for children in grades K-5 held on select Saturdays in the fall and spring.  Students who attend are actively engaged in activities that allow them to learn more about the outdoors and appreciate the Arboretum as a special resource.  For more information, call 334-844-5770 or go to www.auburn.edu/arboretum.

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/semester during the fall and spring.  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 an all new summer enrichment program 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 field trips, 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/semester during the fall and spring.  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 week-long Robotics Academy at Auburn University is aimed at rising 7th-10th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real-world engineering scenarios that will culminate in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students will be introduced to the engineering design process, the importance of engineering notebooks and technical writing, as well as gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits. All aspects of the camp are applicable outside of the Robot Academy: the engineering design process and engineering notebooks are a vital part of professional engineering, the programming portion teaches logic that is applicable to any other programming language, and the VEX robotics control system is used in other robotics competitions such as BEST Robotics. All necessary materials, including motors, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles, and microcontrollers will be available for student use during the academy.  

Grades 9-12

Robotics Academy - The week-long Robotics Academy at Auburn University is aimed at rising 7th-10th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real-world engineering scenarios that will culminate in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students will be introduced to the engineering design process, the importance of engineering notebooks and technical writing, as well as gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits. All aspects of the camp are applicable outside of the Robot Academy: the engineering design process and engineering notebooks are a vital part of professional engineering, the programming portion teaches logic that is applicable to any other programming language, and the VEX robotics control system is used in other robotics competitions such as BEST Robotics. All necessary materials, including motors, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles, and microcontrollers will be available for student use during the academy.  

S.S.I. (Summer Science Institute) - This all-new summer science program for outstanding 11th-12th grade students interested in science and mathematics is open to students residing in Alabama or Georgia.

Last updated: 05/13/2013