No Lazy Days of Summer at UNH

Kids of all ages have fun, are creative, and learn many new things at UNH in the summer. Here is a snapshot of what happened this year. For information about camps available in 2014 check out Youth Summer Programs later in the year.

Slideshow by Bridget Finnegan, director, New and Emerging Media. Special thanks to Cathy Leach, educational program coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs.

  • A young woman practices archery.

    4-H Barry Conservation Camp is a great program for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs, and can benefit from participating in a small camp.

  • A group of soggy young campers wear colorful rainwear on a hiking trail.

    4-H staff take pride in creating a special place where kids can discover their individual strengths. Campers and staff work together as a team in the hope that everyone leaves camp with a greater awareness of themselves and the world around them.

  • 4H leadership

    The 4-H Teen Conference is planned by teens for teens. Students experience living in a college dorm, eating dining hall food, making new 4-H friends, and attending workshops and special programs. The students enjoyed a dinner cruise on the MS Mt. Washington.

  • Governor Maggie Hassan with Operation Military Kids

    Operation Military Kids interviewed N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan for a documentary film that will be  submitted to the GI Film Festival.

  • A young dance hangs from a trapeze and from another dancer.

    Learning to fly! Students in the Flying STARS Aerial Intensive camp explore the exciting genre of aerial arts. (Photos by Nancy Pearson and Brittany Morse)

  • A group of elementary age campers with blue shirts pose by a bridge in College Woods.

    Camp Wildcat is a seven-week summer day camp program offered through UNH Campus Recreation for grades 1 to 7. Campers explore nature and the environment, participate in sports, learn new skills and crafts, make new friends, and have fun while being active all summer! These campers spent the day swimming and exploring Pawtuckaway.

  • Camp Wildcat

    Kids design, build and then race their own boats in the cardboard boat regatta at Camp Wildcat.

  • TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystems Science)

    Engineeristas! Girls and Engineering – Future engineers explore environmental, oceanographic and marine, and mechanical and materials engineering as well as computer science. These students are using straws to learn about structural design.

  • Girls work on engineering projects in a classroom.

    These "Engineeristas" participate in "mechanical dissection" under the direction of a team of engineers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

  • TIDES (Training for the Integration of Decision-Making and Ecosystems Science)

    Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science (KEEPERS) provides half-day hands–on, minds-on challenges set up for campers. On Chemical Engineering Day, the campers tested the pH of various household materials (baking soda, cornstarch, vinegar, soapy water, and lemon juice) using pH paper. They constructed a bar graph showing their results. These results were used in the discussion about neutralizing a contaminated lake. Learn more.

  • A middle aged woman and a young boy look at tubes in a lab.

    The UNH Manchester Educational Excellence for English Language Learners (EXCELL) is an intensive course that helps students who are speakers of other languages improve their academic English skills. Language and science are the focus. Here Professor Patricia Halpin and a Manchester middle school student work on the DNA laboratory exercise. Learn more.

  • A middle school aged boy shows a wad of green clay-like material while smiling.

    Boys and girls participated in the College of Engineering's Tech Camp. This camp explores electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, and naval engineering along with robotics and computer technology. These Tech Campers create their own network while learning about the UNH InterOperability Lab.

  • Middle school students look at a map.

    Tech campers are connected to research vessels using UNH Ocean Engineering's Telepresence Laboratory.

  • a group of students with blue t-shirts and white hats cook in a kitchen classroom.

    Kids Culinary Camp is the theme of the Thompson School's Adventure Youth Summer Day Camp. Students purchase the food at the Lee Farmer's Market then cook a dish or two using the fresh produce. It is a great step-by-step way to learn about fresh produce from farmers.

  • two middle-school girls show off two pink cupcakes.

    Madyson and Hannah proudly display the cupcakes they made as part of the Kids Culinary Camp.

  • A group of high school students sing along with a man playing the guitar.

    U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter spoke to students in the Upward Bound program about the importance of college. (Photo by Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services)

  • One woman and a young girl look at a fish on a newspaper.

    Upward Bound biology teacher Elisa Allen and teaching assistant Caroline Robb work with students Edmund and Veronica to dissect a shark.

  • Students show a banner that thay have made with Upward Bound on it

    Upward Bound students Alex and Weimin and tutor mentor Travis unveil a banner displaying the theme of the program, "Shape your character, Shape your destiny: Be Upward Bound."

  • two male students sit at a computer.

    High school seniors Kaleb and Trevor work on testing scripts for generalized Precision Time Protocol (gPTP) during the UNH InterOperability Lab's High School Summer Internship.

  • A young girl learns from an older woman how to throw a pot.

    Mary Duke '13 assists a young potter at the wheel as part of the Museum of Art camp. The program runs every summer for two weeks and offers classes for children grades 2 through 12 in clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, woodworking and mixed media. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • a young girl lies on the floor while drawing.

    A young art camper draws on the floor of the Museum of Art. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • James Krasner

    UNH offered an online course, Harry Potter as Storyteller, for kids in grades 4 to 8 this summer taught by James Krasner. (Photo by Perry Smith, UNH Photographic Services)

  • Writers Academy

    The UNH Writers Academy is a place for middle and high school students to spend a week in the summer writing freely and sharing their experiences with other students. Students have the creative freedom to write poems or stories or essays, while learning to improve their skills with other students.

  • Project SMART

    Project SMART is a summer institute that challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics while acquainting them with the environment and resources of the university as a place for higher education and research. Learn more. (Photo by Julie K. Byrd-Jenkins)

  • Project SMART

    High school students and their Project SMART mentors successfully flew twin weather balloons that carried miniaturized scientific payloads designed to measure cosmic rays and environmental parameters and captured images of Earth from nearly 100,000 feet up at the edge of outer space. Learn more. (Photo by Nick Lajoie)

  • Lacrosse Camp

    Hundreds of campers improved their skills in nearly 20 different athletic programs. Learn more. (Photo by Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services)

  • Girl with blue hair plays the flute.

    Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) offers students the chance to concentrate on a major instrument or voice part and choose electives to broaden their experience. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • Girl with blue hair plays the flute.

    Students as young as 9 and as old as 18 participate in SYMS. (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • brightly costumed middle and high shoolers perform Willy Wonka

    The Rising Summer Theatre-Arts Retreat for Students (STARS) Musical Theatre Camp and the UNH Youth Professional STARS Company combined to present the musical "Willy Wonka." (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • brightly costumed middle and high shoolers perform Willy Wonka

    Charlie and Grampa Joe talk about the golden ticket in the STARS production of "Willy Wonka." (Photo by Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

  • brightly costumed middle and high shoolers perform Willy Wonka

    Students in the program practice calligraphy. Grades 5 to 11 learned about China and how to speak the language in the STARTALK program.

  • brightly costumed middle and high shoolers perform Willy Wonka

    This year’s STARTALK cultural focus was simple and healthy Chinese cooking that reinforced language learning with a greater appreciation of Chinese cooking.