Summer Camps

STEPS Camp (6th Grade)

Building a Motor Activity at STEPS Camp 2021

Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer Camp (STEPS Camp) is a four-day camp introduction to careers in science, technology, and engineering. The theme of airplane flight is utilized to integrate technical classes and recreational activities, all the while encouraging social development and personal growth.  The students, in teams of roughly twelve, each manufacture and assemble a radio-controlled airplane with the assistance of teachers, counselors, and volunteers.  By the end of the week, the students fly their airplanes at a sanctioned fly field, with the help of certified pilots.  Throughout the week, they learn the theory of flight, utilize manufacturing equipment and tools, and ultimately learn a lot more about their own personal capabilities and potential.

STEPS Camp will occur June 20-23, 2022 at the Innovation Design Center on GVSU's Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Free bus transportation will be provided to and from Battle Creek each day of camp. On Thursday, June 23, we plan on hosting a Parent Day in which we will provide a GVSU campus tour, a visit to the Innovation Design Center to see your child at STEPS Camp as well as participate in our Fly Night event in the evening. Bus transportation and meals will be provided. More information to come!

To learn more about STEPS Camp, check out this GV Next article.

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STEPS 2021 Campers build their Airplanes
STEPS Campers visit GVSU Padnos College of Engineering and Computing Facilities
STEPS Campers show off their CAD Projects from a 3D printer

sHaPe Camp (7th and 8th Grade)

sHaPe 2021 Campers learn about Physical Therapy

Summer Health Activities and Professions Explorations Summer Camp (sHaPe) is a four-day, day camp, offering an introduction to the health professions. Campers participate in activities that provide hands-on exposure to a variety of health professions including physical therapy, medical lab science, sports medicine, nursing and more! Campers work with our GVSU undergraduate student counselors and faculty members to support them exploring sHaPe camp. 

sHaPe Camp will occur July 11-15, 2022 at GVSU's Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Free bus transportation will be provided to and from Battle Creek each day of camp. On Friday, July 15 Parent Day is being planned to provide a GVSU campus tour and a visit to the Health Campus. Bus transportation and meals will be provided. More information to come!

To learn more about sHaPe Camp, check out this GV Next article.

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sHaPe Camp 2021

Check out this video to see all the activities completed at sHaPe Camp 2021!

sHaPe 2021 Campers learn about the different components to the human brain

EXCEL Camp (11th Grade)

GVSU EXCEL Camp

Exploring Careers in Education and Leadership (EXCEL) Camp is a one-week introduction to the world of education. Scholars participate in activities that provide hands-on experience in the field of education. Program activities include designing a high-impact, community-based project utilizing project-based learning, developing leadership skills, exploring Grand Valley State University, and learning more about the college admissions process in preparation for their senior year.

To learn more about EXCEL Camp, check out this GV Next Article.

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EXCEL Camp Scholars 2021
EXCEL Camp Scholars complete team-building activities
EXCEL Camp Scholars hold a virtual visit with President Mantella and Dean Soman


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