Shake Hands With Your Future

An educational camp for rising 4th-12th grade students

Session 1: July 17th-21st (Grades 4 – 7)

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Session 2: July 24th-28th (Grades 8 – 12)

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Shake Hands is a summer residential camp for academically talented students. Students experience university life and attend two classes. The camp includes field trips, and recreational activities. In the summer of 2016, Shake Hands celebrates 36 years of serving the advanced learner.

Classes Offered

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Morning

Acting Up

Do you want to become an actor or just become more confident? By exploring basic techniques (voice, movement, diction, and steps to conquer stage fright), you will be on the road to becoming a true master of the art of acting.

Animal Science & Food Technology

Learn about becoming a veterinarian, a farm animal manager, a meat industry manager, or an animal scientist. Classes include hands-on experiences with animals and animal products as well as basic scientific methods in biology.

Architecture

In this class you will become acquainted with architecture and its diverse elements and opportunities. You will experience architecture through hands-on design projects. This course stresses creativity and abstract thought and is designed to prepare you for the many aspects of architectural education.

Art

Discover and challenge your creativity through a variety of artistic experiences by exploring the exciting world of art. Learn about and create art through a wide range of artistic media from traditional to alternative methods.

Biotechnology

This class will provide you with the opportunity to discover the answer to a genetic health problem of a family in Africa. Your course covers DNA structure and function, protein synthesis and natural selection. Your experience in the biotechnology lab will give you the opportunity to solve a crime using DNA evidence.

Chemistry

Understand the world around you by learning the composition of structures and the interactions of atoms. Students will participate in hands-on-activities in a lab conducting experiments.

Forensics

Roll your sleeves up and prepare for a hands-on introduction to forensics. You will participate in fingerprint detection and identification. You will learn about hair and fiber examination, document examination, and the critical role of DNA.

LEGO Robotics

You are invited to discover the precise world of engineering design! In this project oriented class, you will work in teams to focus on a specific design problem, develop creative solutions to that problem, select the best solution, and then build a scale model.

Microbiology

This class will provide an interface between academic molecular biology and real world applications in human health care and the environment. Modern molecular microbiology is already an exciting reality and students will learn interactions of microorganisms with humans, animals and the environment.


Afternoon

Acting Up

Do you want to become an actor or just become more confident? By exploring basic techniques (voice, movement, diction, and steps to conquer stage fright), you will be on the road to becoming a true master of the art of acting.

Architecture

In this class you will become acquainted with architecture and its diverse elements and opportunities. You will experience architecture through hands-on design projects. This course stresses creativity and abstract thought and is designed to prepare you for the many aspects of architectural education.

Art

Discover and challenge your creativity through a variety of artistic experiences by exploring the exciting world of art. Learn about and create art through a wide range of artistic media from traditional to alternative methods.

Intro to Business (Session II only)

Learn the basics of economics, world trade, marketing and running a profitable enterprise. Hear about the success stories of many modern entrepreneurs and learn how to start, manage and grow a business of your own.

Forensics

Roll your sleeves up and prepare for a hands-on introduction to forensics. You will participate in fingerprint detection and identification. You will learn about hair and fiber examination, document examination, and the critical role of DNA.

In the Lab

The pursuit of science is an interdisciplinary endeavor. Through hands-on experiments, you will explore a number of fields like medicine, biology, chemistry and physics. If you are interested in gaining information to focus your academic path, or just want to learn more about several scientific disciplines, this class is for you.

Order in the Court (Session II only)

Why do we need lawyers and judges? What careers in law are available outside the courtroom? Discover what law is, why we have it, and what lawyers and judges really do. You will visit a courtroom, do research and participate in a mock trial.

Physics

Have you ever wondered about the governing laws of the universe? Do you want to learn about why atoms act like they do? If you are considering a career in engineering, chemistry or physics this hands on course will help build the intuition required for these fields and many others.

Toxic World

Be a toxicologist and discover how different types of chemicals and toxins affect humans, animals, and plants. Extract DNA, use live organisms to perform toxicity testing, learn biology and chemistry, and how you can help protect the environment.

Additional Information

Classes

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.