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Welcome to Youth Academy of Excellence Camps!

YAE in the classroomJoin us for a summer experience that will give you a preview of college life and a chance to study with other bright and motivated students. Classes are small and curriculum is fast paced. Participate with your peers in small group discussions, multimedia presentations, experiments, and field trips. Choose one or two weeks and study one in-depth topic each week, use campus resources, and establish long-lasting friendships.

Youth Academy of Excellence classes are designed for bright and motivated students; those in gifted and talented programs are especially encouraged to enroll.

Summer 2014 Class Preview

YAE: Elementary

For students going into the second, third, and fourth or fifth, sixth, and seventh grade in the fall. Designed for students in gifted and talented programs. Lunch provided daily.

*NEW YAE:
Ultimate Math Mash-up with Zaniac (Age 7-9)

Age 7-9 Jul 14-18 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Ultimate Math Mash-up with Zaniac (Age 10-12)
Age 10-12 Jun 23-27 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Get excited about math! This Ultimate Math Mash-up will use Zane Math to advance your math skills and teach you how to apply these skills to the real world! Start the camp with an assessment to identify which concepts you already know, and which concepts you can improve on. Zaniac will generate a customized curriculum for the week that will challenge you to creatively solve problems in a small groups and work through tough problems on your own. Daily feedback on progress from Zaniac instructors and scanned worksheets are confidentially posted online to keep parents involved in the learning process. After the academic component, head out onto campus and into the city to put your math skills to work. Meet with architects and engineers to learn about designing building or inventing machines. Play a video game and learn about designing your own with Electronic Arts and Engineering, the #1 computer programming school in the country! Get hands on experience in science as you explore the mysteries of the world with the Chemistry and Physics departments. This is the most in depth math program Youth Education has ever offered and it is sure to be a great experience for all!
NOTE: Co-sponsored with Zaniac.
Fee: $299 + $199 special fee

YAE: Invention Dimension (Age 10-12)
Jun 16-20 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
This week will be filled with wonder and imagination as we discover how inventions have changed the way we interact with our world. We'll discover how successful people make their dreams come true, as well as enjoy the magic that comes with creating an invention that is unique to each student. This class will be an exciting hands-on adventure for all those who love to use their imaginations.
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee

YAE in the science classroomYAE: Eyes on Egypt (Age 10-12)
Jun 23-27 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Join us for an amazing adventure into an ancient civilization on the Nile as we explore Egypt through hands-on projects. Decipher hieroglyphics. Investigate Egyptian myths and legends as well as art and music. Discover even more with a fieldtrip to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Now more than ever, be enchanted and mystified by this fascinating culture that is still reflected in the world today. The instructor traveled to Egypt as a Gifted Delegate with the People to People Ambassador Program.
FEE: $224 + $75 special fee

YAE: Comparative Anatomy Lab (Age 10-12)
Jul 7-11 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Take a hands-on, detailed look at the external/internal characteristics of many different animal groups. Examine and dissect preserved specimen of sponge, hydra, jellyfish, starfish, clam, squid, crayfish, grasshopper, earthworm, perch, frog, and shark. Observe live planaria worms, hermit crabs, and fiddler crabs in action. Activities will also include films, microscope work, and field trip(s) to a U of U lab.
FEE: $255 + $119 special fee

YAE: Writing Wizards (Age 10-12)
Jul 28-Aug 1 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Welcome to a week at the YAE school of wizardry and magic, where you'll be trained in the art of writing wizardry! Jump into portraits, turn back time, and wear your invisibility cloaks while practicing magic with your words. Learn from wizard masters how to imagine stories with developed, believable characters from everyday, ordinary moments. Try your hand at poetry, fantasy writing, and personal narratives. Examine your writing through magical writing lenses to discover how to best create powerful story endings. In addition, we'll practice our interpersonal skills by learning how to find the right spell for any situation (in or out of the muggle world), and submitting our work for publication like a professional author. Meet at Platform 9 and 3/4 for the writing wizard's ideal class!
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee

YAE: Blast off with Solar Energy! (Age 10-12)
Aug 4-8 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Explore and harness the power of Solar Energy! Learn about alternative energy sources, discover photovoltaic cells, build and cook with a solar oven, and learn how to use solar energy to power everyday objects. Join us for a sizzling week of fun with the sun!
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee


YAE: Middle School

For students going into eighth, ninth, and tenth grade in the fall. Designed for students in gifted and talented programs. Lunch provided daily.

*NEW YAE: Inventions of Antiquity (Age 13-15)
Jun 16-20 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Long before computers and cellphones, civilizations accomplished amazing feats in science, architecture, urban planning, medicine, and art. Examine the circumstances and inventions that allowed humans to build incredible civilizations that are still admired today. Recreate some of the greatest inventions from antiquity on up to Leonardo da Vinci, and discover that all you need is a little ingenuity and foresight to change the world.
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee

YAE: Forensic Dissection and Anatomy Lab (Age 13-15)
Jun 23-27 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
You could be the CSI medical expert! Join us for a unique forensic lab activity. Investigate all the organs and organ systems, examine slides of tissue types, and learn to suture incisions. Each student will conduct a detailed dissection of a preserved fetal pig, modeling the protocols used by pathologists for a human autopsy. Activities will also include films, microscope work, a field trip to the U of U medical and/or science lab, and opportunities to meet with real pathologists.
FEE: $255 + $119 special fee

YAE: Seize the Story - Intensive Writing for Teen Writers (Age 13-15)
Jul 7-11 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
This is it. This is the week where you write (or finally finish) the best story you've written so far. Whether you enjoy writing fiction or non-fiction, in this class you'll join other teen writers in creating a story with moving description, memorable characters, and a 'so what' ending that leaves your readers wanting more. In addition, you'll learn the art of the 'query letter,' explore possible writing careers, and have the chance to submit your writing to a national teen magazine for publication. There's a story waiting out there that only you can write. Don't miss your chance to seize the story!
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee

YAE at the beachYAE: Harness the Sun! (Age 13-15)
Jul 28-Aug 1 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dive deep into the power of the sun. Create your own solar cell, harness solar energy to power everyday devices, and cook food using a solar oven. Explore other renewable energy sources and devices, including how to pull the explosive power of hydrogen from water and harness the power of the wind.
FEE: $244 + $55 special fee

YAE: Marine Biology and Ecology (Age 13-15)
Aug 4-8 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Discover the fascinating world of salt water systems and how organisms adapt to this unique environment. Examine the intricate relationships between plants, fish, mammals, humans, and the non-living components of salt water ecosystems. Get hands-on experience dissecting specimen and studying organisms under microscopes as you learn about the anatomy, energy/food needs, and life cycles of salt water inhabitants. Take a behind-the-scenes look at an aquarium, conduct research at the Great Salt Lake, and snorkel with fish and sharks at the Bonneville Seabase.
FEE: $245 + $119 special fee