For a comprehensive list of all current youth programs at Oregon State University, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/precollege/main_view.
Office of Precollege Programs
Skip Rochefort, Executive Director, email@example.com
Kyle Cole, Director Precollege and SMILE Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-8262
Cathy Law, Director STEM Academy, email@example.com, 541-737-1822
Dennis Hickey, TAG Programs Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-2403
Emily Nicholson, Program Coordinator, email@example.com, 541-737-9424
Jean Garcia-Chitwood, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-6422
Kami Hammerschmith, Administrative Program Assistant, email@example.com, 541-737-0534
General Information: 541-737-9424
OSU’s Precollege Programs offers a variety of on- and off-campus academic programs designed to enhance learning and introduce youth to the college community. During the summer months and throughout the academic year, K–12 students participate in programs that range from several hours to several weeks. Our Precollege Programs provide compelling experiences and stimulating learning environments for a diverse group of students.
Offers a variety of educational opportunities for youths in grades K through 12. The program is part of the OSU Extension Service and is active in all Oregon counties. Opportunities for leadership development, community service, and learning about topics as diverse as natural resource management, foods and fibers, animal science, and engineering abound. All 4-H educational activities are designed to help participants develop lifelong skills that will prepare them for future success. To learn more about local opportunities, contact the OSU Extension office in your county or call the State 4-H Office at 541-737-4444 (HHHH).
Specifically designed academic and social experiences for gifted, talented, and high-ability youth.
Adventures in Learning
Combines stimulating academic and social opportunities in a fun-filled 10-day experience exposing participants to exciting and sophisticated areas of interest not usually available during the regular school year. The program is designed for gifted, talented and high-ability learners who have completed grades 5 or 6 and who are interested in fast-paced, challenging opportunities.
Provides gifted, talented, and high-ability youth who have completed grades 3 or 4 a two-week, half-day educational experience with courses taught by experts in a variety of topics. Students are introduced to engaging, intriguing subjects in an enjoyable and nurturing environment.
Outside the Box
Enables gifted, talented, and high-ability youth who have completed grades 7 or 8 to pursue topics of interest through a unique combination of in-depth, challenging academic explorations and social interaction with intellectual peers. Program participants can anticipate excitement, discovery, and challenge in the program’s offerings which are designed specifically to address their interests and abilities.
Offers a variety of challenging Saturday courses designed specifically for gifted, talented, and high-ability 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Participants discover new and exciting areas of study in a fast-paced learning environment with their social and intellectual peers.
OSU KidSpirit Summer Day Camps
Sponsored by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, is an innovative youth summer day camp program, offered Monday–Friday for children grades K through 12. Youth may attend morning, afternoon, or all day sessions. Programs are based on grade levels. All activities are coeducational. All abilities are welcome! Group leaders will help in classes and escort children to activity areas. Head instructors plan, organize and lead activities.
Grades K through 2, have an established daily program with variations in class offerings from session to session, including skill development and supplementation in recreational sports, art and educational classes.
Grades 3 through 5, choose the groups of classes that they take from session to session. Classes to choose from include athletics, drama, art, science, music, computers and lots more!
Grades 6 through 8, choose all of their classes from session to session. Their classes are designed for their age group and skills. Classes include biking, rock climbing, triathlon, art, inventions and lots more!
Teen Leadership Camp
Grades 9 through 12, is for teens who want to develop their leadership skills by working with youth. They will be facilitated by a coordinator, become certified in First-Aid and Adult and Child CPR, and work directly with the KidSpirit campers by assisting group leaders and head instructors.
Counselors in Training
Grades 9 through 12, “CIT” is for teens who want to develop their leadership skills by working with youth, but will work with group leaders and head instructors. CIT teens will have more responsibilities and will be given more leadership opportunities.
Girls on the Run of the Willamette Valley
Girls on the Run, is a life-changing experiential learning program for girls in grades 3–5 and 6–8, that combines training for a 5K event with self-esteem enhancing work-outs. The fun, interactive curriculum is designed to educate and prepare preteen girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
KidSpirit Sport Programs
KidSpirit offers a variety of recreation classes throughout the summer for participants ages 2–18. Classes include gymnastics, archery, and tennis. Each of our programs focus on obtaining basic skill sets while learning to interact with other participants in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.
High School Journalism Institute
Co-hosted by OSU and The Oregonian, this camp seeks to nurture budding journalists underrepresented in the field. With guidance from professionals in the field, participants use real journalism skills to report and photograph a 32-page newspaper, as well as blog and produce multimedia pieces for The Oregonian's website. They will learn the value of making a difference by covering multiple perspectives in the news. Students must apply and be selected to participate in the eight-day, no-cost institute.
Campus Field Trips Program
The Office of Precollege Programs hosts middle and high school visits to Oregon State University during the school year. Teachers and group leaders are encouraged to plan visits to explore careers, experience OSU, or enhance current curriculum. Register to request a visit using the Precollege website at http://precollege.oregonstate.edu.
STEM Academy@OSU offers educational enrichment opportunities that provide youth a direct connection to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Programs include after-school girls’ science and engineering clubs, summer day camps, workshops, and outreach programs. Classes are small, hands-on, informal, project-oriented, and open to all interested students. Tuition costs vary, depending on the program or activity.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or STEM.email@example.com
Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY)
SESEY is primarily for high school girls and ethnic minorities traditionally under-represented in science and engineering, and for science, math, or physics teachers who are interested in developing curricular materials to promote engineering activities in their classrooms.
Students come to the OSU campus for a one-week residential summer camp and are paired with a faculty mentor in engineering for a mini-research project in areas such as microscale technologies, plastics recycling, drug formulation and delivery, bioprocessing, microelectronics, and environmental engineering. There are also group learning activities (computer instruction, communication skills, field trips) and social activities. Students are exposed to science and engineering as viable and interesting career paths. Career counseling is provided by faculty mentors and OSU graduate and undergraduate students who work with the students throughout the week as research project advisors and friends. Students live in OSU housing, so they receive a complete college experience. For more information, contact Skip Rochefort, firstname.lastname@example.org.