STEM CAMP (GSMP)

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Administered by Texas Workforce Commission, the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, Innovation ColLABoration aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. The camps introduce campers to one or more of six industry clusters: advanced technologies and manufacturing, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and life sciences, information and computer technology, petroleum refining and chemical products, and energy.  

Grants provide the opportunity for students that are 13 years of age by the first day of school to attend camps that prepare them for future high-skill, high-demand jobs. Our camps are currently only open to commuter students. 

 

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER '24 IS CLOSED! 

Interested in attending next year? Be the first to receive information for next year by submitting the form below!

SUMMER '25 INTEREST FORM!

 

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ALL THE DEETS

  • DAILY SCHEDULE

    Daily Schedule

    Monday

    7:45AM - 8:00 AM - Check-in/Drop-Off at Texas Academy (Pin to Location)
    8:15AM - Opening Ceremonies/Research Survey
    9:00 AM - Lab 1
    10:10 AM - Lab 2
    11:15 am Lunch 
    12:10 pm Lab 3 
    1:20 pm   Lab 4 
    2:30 pm   Lab 5
    3:45 pm   Afternoon Tracks and Recreation
    5:00 pm   Pick up Texas Academy (Circle Drive)

    Tuesday - Thursday

    8:00AM - 8:45AM - Check-in at Texas Academy (Pin to Location)
    9:00 AM - Lab 1
    10:10 AM - Lab 2
    11:15 am Lunch 
    12:10 pm Lab 3 
    1:20 pm   Lab 4 
    2:30 pm   Lab 5
    3:45 pm   Afternoon Tracks and Recreation
    5:00 pm   Pick up Texas Academy (Circle Drive)

    Friday

    8:00 AM - Check-in at Texas Academy (Pin to Location)
    8:30 AM - Depart for Field Trip - Teams Red and Yellow will walk to Spindletop, Teams Green and Blue will go to the Beaumont Escape Room
    11:30 AM - Lunch at field trip Location 
    12:10 PM - Teams Green and Blue will depart the Beaumont Escape Room and be dropped off at Spindletop, Teams Red and Yellow will go to the Beaumont Escape Room
    2:30 PM   Depart Field Trip locations and arrive at McDonald Gym
    3:00 PM - MEGA Relay, Awards and presentation about the Reaud Honors College and Texas Academy Programs. Parents are invited to attend! 
    4:00 PM   Pick up students at McDonald Gym (Pin to Location)

     

  • MEALS

    Our dining hall is currently under construction. If you attended camp last year, lunches will be a bit different this year! 

    Breakfast

    Campers are encouraged to eat breakfast before arriving. We will have a couple of grab and go options (granola bars, poptarts) but it will be limited. 

     

    Lunch

    Monday Lunch - Croissant Sandwich Box Lunches

    Tuesday Lunch - Chopped Beef Sandwiches with Chips

    Wednesday - Domino's Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza

    Thursday Lunch - Baked Potato Bar

    Friday Lunch - Chick-fil-A sandwiches

     

    Snacks

    Crackers

    Assorted Chips

    Oreo Cookies

     

    All students will be provided with a water bottle on the first day of camp. If you would like to bring a lunch and/or snacks, we will have a refrigerator where it can be stored. Please clearly label your lunch kit so that it is easily identifiable for staff when lunches are being delivered to the appropriate location. 

     

  • LAB ROTATIONS

     

    Lab Rotations

     

    Day 1 - Science

    How to Check Your Drinking Water Quality
    All About DNA
    Ice Cream and Chemistry
    Synthesis of DyesCareer Opportunities with TWC 

     

    Day 2 - Robotics

    BaseBot Build
    ClawBot Upgrade
    Robot Competition
    Repair the Robots
    Midstream Center

     

    Day 3 - Engineering

    Circuits
    Non-Newtonian Fluids (Walk on Water)
    Engineering in the Kitchen
    Refinery Control Centers
    Port Management
     

    Day 4 - Math

    Nim and Impartial Games
    Game Find Some Deep Math
    Careers in STEm and Business
    Hyperbolic Space Using Crochet
    Aerospace

    Day 5 - Field Trip and Escape Room

    Field Trip to the Spindletop and the Beaumont Escape Room
    Mega RELAY
    Awards
    Presentation by Reaud Honors College and Texas Academy
  • WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT TO WEAR

    Clothing 

    Clothing should be casual, comfortable, and in good taste. Please no belly shirts or short shorts. Shoes should be worn at all times. 

     

    Spending Money 

    Grab and go breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided. Campers may wish to bring a limited amount of cash to spend in the bookstore, Starbucks and at the vending machines. 

     

    Cell Phones

    Understanding a parents desire to stay in touch with their student, cell phones are allowed but may not be used during academic sessions or recreation. Students may use their phones at lunch and immediately after camp.

     

    What not to bring

    The drinking and/or possession of alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden during camp. 

    The possession, use and distribution of any illegal substances/drugs are strictly prohibited. 

    The possession and use of weapons or firearms of any sort is strictly prohibited.  

    The possession, use and distribution of tobacco products is not permitted at any time during camp. This includes all e-cigarettes and “vapes.”  

  • RESEARCH

    Research Opportunity

    Students that attend camp will be given the option to participate in a STEM based research survey. The purpose of the study is to: 1) increase Texas school students’ familiarity and experience with postsecondary educational opportunities that lead to STEM careers; and 2) develop collaboration among Texas workforce development programs, TWC Vocational Rehabilitation, Texas colleges and universities, and high schools.

    By participating in the survey, it will help us secure grant funds each year so that we can continue having FUN summer camps!  

  • RULES AND REGS

    Camper Code of Conduct 

    Every participant, faculty, and staff associated with Innovation Collaboration is a to be treated with dignity and respect.  

    Campers are not allowed to leave campus. Anyone caught off campus will be sent home.  

    Please do not run, yell, or make excessive noise.  

    Wear shoes and proper clothing at all times.  

    Please use proper conduct while in the dining hall. After you have eaten your meal, please put away your tray and dispose of all trash. 

    If you are sick or injured, please notify your team leader, or come to the Texas Academy building immediately 

    Use vending machines at your own risk. Lamar University is not responsible for lost change.  

    The schedule for the day is to be observed. For the residential week, the curfew is defined as being in your room with the lights out.  

    The drinking and/or possession of alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden during camp. 

    The possession, use and distribution of any illegal substances/drugs are strictly prohibited. 

    The possession and use of weapons or firearms of any sort is strictly prohibited.  

    Vandalism, disturbing the peace or inappropriate behavior during camp will not be tolerated.  

    Any damage will be the financial responsibility of the person(s) responsible.  

    The possession, use and distribution of tobacco products is not permitted at any time during camp. This includes all e-cigarettes and “vapes.”  

    Campers are not permitted to use cell phones during academic session or recreation. 

    Any act by a camper that violates federal, state, provincial, or local law will be a violation of this Code of Conduct. 

    Campers and parents will sign a copy of this Code of Conduct, provide complete medical information and release form.  

    Any additional rules pertinent to a specific event shall be announced by the Camp Director or administration and shall be observed as part of this Code of Conduct. 

  • ILLNESS AND INJURY

    Every effort is made to maintain a safe environment for all participants.  However, there are always unforeseen situations in which a student may become ill or have an accident while attending camp.  

    In the event of illness, parents will be notified and will have two options:  

    • Pick up the child (if the medical problem is resolved, the student may return to camp).  
    • Medication may be taken if the medical documentation form has been submitted.
    • Advise the camp staff to take the child to a local health clinic or hospital. The health clinic or hospital will charge their normal fee.   (Note:  the parent or guardian is responsible for any illness expense.) 

    In the event of an accident or emergency, our staff will either take the student to urgent care or an emergency room or call 911 to have medical professionals sent to our location on campus.   In either case, someone will call the emergency contact number provided during registration so that parents/guardians are notified right away.      

    If you do not want the camp staff to follow these procedures, please provide a written statement to the camp director indicating your desires in the event of an emergency, illness or accident.  

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