Florida International University moves its summer camps online

While students can't participate in traditional summer camps this year because of the pandemic, FIU has created several virtual alternatives.
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Florida International University announced Thursday that the university’s annual summer camps are going online as a result of continued social distancing requirements during the pandemic.

Students of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the online programs being offered this summer, exploring topics like 3D modeling, acting, theater design, science communication and forensic science.

In the “Virtual Growlight Breakthrough” camp, high school students will participate in hands-on design projects using design software and 3D-printing to develop solutions to assist people with disabilities in both at-home and urban settings.

Kids of all ages will also have to opportunity to learn about theater design and technology, as well as acting, writing and musical theater performance as part of FIU’s virtual theater summer camps.


FIU’s institute for science, media and technology will also host a science communication summer program for high school students where they’ll learn from science communication experts, improve their science communication skills and create and present their own science communication projects. Students will also learn about visualizing science, science writing, identifying credible sources, public speaking and talking about science on social media.

Through the FIU college of engineering and computing’s ENLACE camp, middle schoolers will learn about STEM fields, studying technology, college prep, math, chess, social emotional learning, fitness and nutrition. And for younger students, ages 6-12, Camp Inspire will introduce students to various themes related to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

According to the university, students interested in forensic science can learn about how to process crime scenes, produce crime scene records and study latent fingerprints, DNA and bloodstains.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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