UNCA Offers New Summer Pre-College Programs

Registration is now open for UNC Asheville’s new Summer Pre-College Programs.

These week-long summer immersion programs introduce high school students to college-level study, university life, and career options in a dynamic learning environment. Each one-week session is limited enrollment, guaranteeing that students will work side by side with faculty experts and industry professionals, focused on academic areas that connect locally and globally.

Topics for the 2020 Summer Pre-College Programs

Aerospace Engineering, Weather & Climate – Build and test nano-satellites and Jiggy Bots to collect and analyze live weather data. Venture to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) and meet NASA and NOAA astronauts and scientists.

Pre-Med – Explore the foundational sciences related to careers in medicine and human health. Includes both classroom and clinical experiences, as well as tours of local health care facilities and labs.

Film Scoring and Sound Design – Learn how to compose an original score for a film scene. Learn how to develop a score concept, where to create harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic themes and motifs. Study the dynamics of a scene using sound design.

Geology & Ecology of WNC Streams – Study regional stream environments, rock identification, fishes and macroinvertebrates, and weathering and erosion. Lab and field experiences will include snorkeling and using ecology gear.

Journalism, Public Relations & Social Media in the Digital Age – Examine how journalism has changed in the digital age and impacted how we receive and interpret news. Includes immersive visits with local media outlets.

Chaos & Fractals in Mathematics – Learn the mind-bending concept of fractals. Through lab explorations and experiments, learn how to construct fractals, fractal dimension, the game of life, celestial mechanics, and more.

Human Rights & International Law – Explore the foundations of human rights worldwide. Take part in a mock US Supreme Court session, United Nations, and International Criminal Court proceeding.

Visual Storytelling – Learn the elements of filmmaking, lighting, audio, film direction, and filmmaking theory and aesthetics. Learn how to operate a professional video camera for studio and documentary filmmaking.

Crafting Our Digital Identities – Explore how we filter our lives through the lenses of the internet, social media, mobile devices, games, and apps. Hands-on experiences with digital tools and website building will provide insight into how the internet works and how we can shape our own digital identities.

Expressive Voice – Learn how to expand vocal expressive range for speaking, singing, or character voices using the Estill Voice Training System. Explore vocal tract structures and learn how to manipulate them.

Health & Well-Being: A Path to Success – Assess personal health status and learn strategies to maintain well-being. Through group activities and experiential learning, find out how awareness of and changes to fitness habits, nutrition, relationships, stress, and other wellness factors can impact college success.

Ideas to Action – Learn to transform a social entrepreneurship idea into a dynamic proposal. Delve into problem analysis, ideation, and communicating ideas. Pitch your idea in a final competition.

Programs run from Sunday to Friday, starting June 14 and June 21, 2020, and each day is filled with both classroom and recreational activities. All programs include hands-on activities and projects, and many feature off-campus excursions. Students live on campus to fully experience university life.

Pre-College Programs are open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Lodging, meals and all-academic materials are included in the program cost, which starts at $1,200 for each week. Registration available at camps.unca.edu/pre-college-programs.

For more information about summer pre-college programs and camps at UNCA, contact the Office of Conferences & Camps at camps@unca.edu or (828) 251-6991.


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