2018 STEM Academy

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Northrop Grumman are pleased to present the 5th Annual Summer STEM Academy

Date: July 16-20 2018

This innovative program is designed to reach incoming high school students (grades 9-12) at a critical juncture in their academic careers as they begin to plan for college. The week-long event will feature four tracks: robotics, cyber security, drones &CAD, and front-end web design, to highlight STEM subjects and encourage students to delve deeper into STEM exploration. The academy will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day and end promptly at 4:30 p.m., with breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided each day, depending on the schedule. You will need to bring a water bottle.

  • On Wednesday, July 18, the STEM Academy will begin at 12:30 p.m., with a parent/student dinner at 5:30 p.m. and an information session to follow.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend the dinner and the information session to meet UCCS faculty, speak to Northrop Grumman personnel and learn more about the opportunities for STEM professionals.

Cost: Free

July 16-20 2018

University of Colorado Colorado Springs


7:30 - 8:00 Sign-In and Administration

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast, Introduction/Presentation

9:00 - 12:00 Move to ‘Team’ Locations for Track Introductions

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch & Speaker

1:30 - 4:30 Track Modules/Labs

4:30 Check-Out

7:30 - 8:00 Sign-In and Breakfast

8:00 - 12:00 Track Modules/Labs

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch & Speaker

1:30 - 4:30 Track Modules/Labs

4:30 Check-Out

12:30 Sign-In (no lunch)

12:30 - 4:30 Track Modules/Labs

4:30 - 5:30 Campus Tour

5:30 - 7:30Parent/Student Dinner

7:30 - 8:00 Sign-In and Breakfast

8:00 - 12:00 Track Modules/Labs

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch & Speaker

1:30 - 4:30 Track Modules/Labs-Competition Prep

4:30 Check-Out

7:30 - 8:00 Sign-In and Breakfast

8:00 - 1:00 Track Competitions

1:00 - 2:30 Lunch & Awards

2:30 Check-Out

Web Design

Interested in website design? Learn the basics of front-end web design, using HTML and CSS to create projects such as a meme, a travel site, and client website. The final team competition will be developing a website design for a small business owner who needs a basic website for their business. Student teams will meet the business owner to collect requirements and engineer a professional, attractive, functional website that meets the client’s needs. Along with technical skills, students will work with a client, participate in partner/team project development, and practice project management.

Cyber Security

Cyber security is more than hacking! Learn about the ins and outs of cyber security, and get hands-on cyber security practice all week. Explore cyber security career opportunities, ethics, online safety, and cyber threats. Apply cyber security principles, virtual machines, basic Windows security policies and tools, and account management. Use file protections, auditing and monitoring, Server 2008, and Linux. Expand into additional terminology and concepts, basic GUI and command line security. Show your stuff by competing in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.


Robotics is more than putting together a robot from a kit! Robotics is design. It is construction. It is programming, and it’s interaction with the environment in an entirely new way.

You will learn more about the foundations of robotics, get your hands dirty building and programming robots, and work with the future of robotic technology. Learn about basic circuitry and design, solder a project you will take home, experiment with existing robotics, build and program robots, code Arduinos and integrate them into a project. Complete a design challenge using everything you’ve learned. We will use your creativity, your ideas, and your skills in order to show you a week full of robotic technology and fun.

Drones & CAD

Do you have what it takes to think like an engineer? It’s time to test your skills in the Drones & CAD track. For one week, you will be challenged to work with a team of students to solve an engineering design challenge. Learn new skills critical to succeeding as an engineer. Explore computer-aided design and drone technology.

Your camp experience will be divided into two sessions—morning and afternoon—where you will learn and apply new concepts. Part planning and design, part building—Drones & CAD will merge this variety of skills and tasks as you work to solve a challenge. Are you ready?

Location of the Parking Garage

* Park in the third level (visitor) of the Parking Garage. No parking code or ticket is required.

Location of the University Center

* Report to 116 in the University Center first floor

Required Forms and External Links