Academic Programs

Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Sarah Kincaid, Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, conflictresolutionyouthsummit@gmail.com, 703-993-9803
Website: conflictresolutionyouthsummit.weebly.com

Delve into today’s toughest problems at the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit (CRYS). The CRYS is a summer program for high schoolers in the D.C. Metropolitan area that explores social and political action, global conflict, social justice, and leadership. Participants will learn through simulation labs, field trips, workshops, and by engaging with experts in the field. Students will develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, effective communication, and cross-cultural awareness. The program is offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a preeminent leader in innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and engaged practice.

(Fairfax Campus)

 

Environmental Science/Conservation: Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wyse@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wyse.gmu.edu

George Mason University, along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo, is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). The WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. The summit is a hands-on, interactive program that provides America’s highest achieving high school students with an interest in the environment, conservation and sustainability, and with the desire to explore careers in the fields of environmental science, conservation, policy, law and engineering, with a remarkable opportunity.

(Fairfax Campus)

 

Game Design, Programming, and Technology: Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)

Contact: Vera Lichtenberg, Mason Game & Technology Academy, vlichten@gmu.edu, 703-993-7101
Website: vsgi.gmu.edu/mgta-summer-camp-overview

MGTA offers courses in introductory, intermediate, and advanced programming and Cybersecurity (ages vary), Game Design courses for ages 9-12, and Virtual Reality Minecraft Modding with Java. 

The MGTA Honors Program offers an advanced Game Design curriculum for middle and high school students. Courses include: 3D Game Design, Mobile/Augmented Reality App Development, Art and Animation, Virtual Reality Game Development, Digital Art for Games, and more. There is a commuter option and a residential option. Additionally, high school students will be able to register to earn one credit per week of classes. The MGTA Honors Program is administered in partnership with Envision.

(Fairfax Campus, Loudoun Site)

 

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wjmc@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wjmc.gmu.edu

George Mason University is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. Faculty members have developed the WJMC curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable “in-the-trenches” knowledge.

(Fairfax Campus)

 

Radio: WGMU Summer Radio Camp

Contact: Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio, rsmith6@gmu.edu, 703-993-2874
Website: mason.gmu.edu/~rsmith6/summercamp.html

WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment. Students will get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcast around the world from our website. Students will also learn how to write and produce commercials and newscasts. A field trip to an area radio station will give students a “behind the scenes” look at radio.

(Fairfax Campus)

 

Robotics: Robotics Expansion Summer Camp

Contact: Infamous Robotics, LLC, classes@InfamousRobotics.com
Website: infamousrobotics.com/summer-camps

Welcome to the future of robotics education. We are a robotics company that has developed a unique Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) curriculum that uses robotics as a vehicle to foster the inventor within each child. The purpose of Infamous Robotics is to prepare our children for the competitive robotics environment they will face in the global economy, giving them the knowledge and tools necessary to become the next robotic inventor.

(Fairfax Campus)

 

Writing: Northern Virginia Writing Project

Contact: Northern Virginia Writing Project, youngwriters@nvwp.org
Website: nvwp.org/youngwriters/ssi

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Student Summer Institute (SSI) is an enrichment program for students to write and share their work with other writers. We run two-week institutes for young writers, rising grades 5–12 (Fairfax and Arlington), and one-week camps for early writers, rising grades 1–4 (Arlington only). The NVWP offers time for students to grow as writers and to help other writers grow. This enrichment program is designed for students who enjoy writing poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres, have a serious interest in it, and are willing to help others with their writing.

(Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus)