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Youth Programs at JMU

Expanding Your Horizons - Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-10. The girls participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty, attend science presentations and demonstrations, and interact with JMU students who are studying math and science. The goals of the conference are to stimulate the participants' interest in math and science through these hands-on activities, to provide them with female scientist role models, and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers.

Middle School Leadership Academy - The JMU Middle School Leadership Academy (MSLA) is a week long summer program for rising 7th and 8th graders from our partner  PIR Middle Schools to live and learn on a college campus.  Students nominated by their teachers and guidance counselors receive a personal invitation and Leadership Academy application packet.  Successful applicants are awarded a full academy scholarship covering room and board, transportation, field trips, and programming.

Saturday Morning Physics - From the subatomic to galactic scales! Explore fascinating science and cutting-edge research topics in physics and astronomy. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed specially for high school students and teachers but one that parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. For the fifth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 6 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.

College for Kids - College for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had! 

Middle School Visitation Program - The Board of Education included in its 2009 revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, (8 VAC-20-131-5 et seq) provisions for each middle and high school student to have a personal learning plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study. Virginia Department of Education Academic and Career Plan. The implementation of this provision resulted in an unprecedented number of requests for campus visits to James Madison University by Virginia Middle Schools.  Initially handled by the JMU Admissions Department, the middle school visit requests soon overtook their capacity and resources available for high school visits and scheduled family tours.  With the increased interest in middle school visits to JMU, the Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management, Ms. Donna Harper, advocated for the creation of the Middle School Coordinator position to implement and manage these visits.  Ms. Kathy Lubkowski, Middle School Coordinator, 540-568-1685,, Request a visit.

Summer Honors Institute - The JMU Summer Honors Institute is a unique week-long program where talented rising high school seniors get a first-hand look at life in a dynamic university and its Honors College. 

Summer Art Program - The JMU Summer Art Program inspires students to create, perform, understand and appreciate the arts in their lives, their community and in the world.  Students will learn how images have been used to communicate important ideas, thoughts and feelings throughout history and into contemporary times. the lessons demonstrate that education in the arts is fundamental to language acquisition, creative thinking and an educated imagination. 

Robotics Camp - This exciting new robotics camp is a challenging program designed for middle school students who want to push robots to the limits. We'll be using the lastest EV3 robot from Lego. This platform is a significant improvement from the old nxt - you can control up to 4 motors and 4 sensors simultaneously. The system has expanded memory, processing power, wifi, and bluetooth. All the sensors are more accurate and they've added a gyro sensor that opens a whole realm of possible applications. You'll learn how to use all the sensors as well as advanced building and programming techniques from two JMU physics professors - both long time adult fans of lego who use lego robots in their college courses.

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