Texas Tech University

Shake Hands With Your Future

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Tuition is $650

While at Shake Hands with Your Future camp, students experience university life and enroll in two classes. The curriculum is focused on interactive learning activities, while also incorporating challenging concepts or discussion. The camp includes field trips, and recreational activities. 

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Shake Hands with Your Future

Grades 8th - 12th

1. Anatomy and Physiology 
2. Animal Science
3. Art
4. Architecture
5. Business
6. Chemical Engineering
7. Chemistry
8. Environmental Science
9. Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
10. Forensics
11. Lego Robotics
12. Pre-Law
13. Plant and Soil Science
14. Performance Fitness and Wellness
15. Rocketry/ Physics

Classes Offered


Anatomy and Physiology

Doctor? Nurse? Trainer? Understanding the human body is a key in these careers. In this course, students learn about the eleven body systems and how they are essential when diagnosing a patient. Students will also be visiting the Sims Lab in the Texas Tech Health Science Center.

Animal Science 

This introductory class provides students with well-rounded lessons in biology. Students will learn the basics of biology, while incorporating them into the life cycles of various animals found in West Texas. Depending on the age group of the participants, some of the hands-on activities may include dissecting a frog or visiting a local wildlife rehabilitation center.


Thinking about becoming an architect? This course will help students learn the foundations that build this career. Encouraged to build their own project, students will ultimately design and build a Red Raider town together.


While enrolled in this course, students will learn a mixture of art history, vocabulary, and techniques. Each day will consist of a new project sketched from the daily lesson. Creativity and personal identity will characterize each student's piece, which will emphasize how art has the ability to mean something different to everyone.

Chemical Engineering

Quality and quantity are important aspects of chemical engineering. As bold innovators, chemical engineers are always on the path of innovation. Using the principals from chemistry, students will get to create their own products. Natural products will be used to make personalized lotions, balms, and candles.


Boom! Students will not be blowing things up, but definitely having a blast learning the concepts of chemistry and how to apply them into projects. These "mad-scientist" experiments are sure to inspire a career in chemistry.

Environmental Science

A combination of physical and biological sciences are a part of environmental science. Students interested in environmental science will learn how the planet functions and how to develop solutions for today's most prominent environmental concerns.

Electrical / Mechanical Engineering

From aerospace to automation manufacturing these two engineering courses will be combined and a broad range of skills will be acquired. Students will then use their learned skills and incorporate them into creating personalized motors that will complete certain tasks.


Interested in solving or preventing crime? This extraordinary path of science focuses on the examination of physical evidence, interpretation of data, and clear and concise reporting. Students will learn such skills and then apply them to a series of trial crimes to test their application process.

LEGO Robotics

Encompasses a variety of engineering courses that lead to a final competition. Students will get a robot and are challenged to complete a certain task under time. Design and programming are the core of this course as students work together as teams and individually.

Plant Soil Science

The Plant Soil Science course will require students to dig deep into their love for plants and the environment. Lessons in Crop Science and Horticulture will be taught, so that students understand the foundations of a degree program in this field. Students will also grow their own botanical garden and visit Texas Tech University's greenhouse and garden.

Rocketry / Physics

Blast off into a course that takes students out of this world! Those enrolled will apply taught physics, build a personalized rockets, and compare the rockets to develop questions as to how each may affected according to its design. All rockets will be tested and a winner will be announced.


Marketing, Advertising, Accounting, and Finance are just a few career paths found in business. Students will invest time learning the differences in each career and how they assist one another for success. Projects include allocation of funds, creating non-profit business, and creating a marketing plan for targeted audiences.


Want to provide justice? Students will learn what is required to become a judge or lawyer and practice such skills in mock trials. When students are not in the classroom, they will visit the local Lubbock courthouse and tour the Texas Tech University Law School.

Performance Fitness Wellness

Modeled after actual courses at Texas Tech University, this course highlights the importance of nutrition, form, and exercise. Students are taught the objectives behind each theme and get the opportunity to incorporate what they have learned into a health plan for a series of scenarios.


Additional Information

All classes are taught by experienced university or public school faculty and emphasize hands-on activities.

Classes are interdisciplinary and allow campers to explore many aspects of STEM, Visual Performing and Fine Arts through the lens of an academic discipline.

You will request two classes and will receive 12 hours of instruction in the morning and 12 hours of instruction in the afternoon class. Campers are assigned to classes and will be notified before camp starts.

Room & Board

Students are housed on the Texas Tech campus. Housing is arranged by age and gender. Each student will have one roommate and may request a roommate (not guaranteed). Students will be supervised at all times by trained camp counselors. Daily meals are served by University Hospitality Services. Each student will receive a linen set/package that includes: Flat Sheet, Fitted Sheet, Blanket, Pillow & Pillow Case, 2 Towels, 2 Hand Towels, 2 Washcloths, Bath Soap, and Disposable Cup. No changes in linens provided during stay.

Registration Guidelines

Registration fee includes instruction, supervision, room and board, linen set/package, a camp t-shirt and evening recreation.

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