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Program Overview

The Creative Scholars Program is an overnight summer camp for 7th-10th graders hosted on the UGA campus. Creative Scholars can expect a course curriculum in specialty topics they would not typically experience in a regular classroom. Our instructors are trained to use research-driven, creative strategies in the classroom while teaching courses that are innovative, interdisciplinary, and project-based.

Students will take one course for the duration of our two-week program. We will do our best to place our Creative Scholars in their number one course choice. Course size is expected to be 15-20 students and student to staff ratio is 10:1 during all academic and residential activities.

Course Descriptions

Creative Writing Deep Dive: Honing your Craft

Honing your writing skills requires two major elements: reading a lot and writing a lot. In this course, students will immerse themselves in their own writing, their peers’ writing, and published writing. We will closely examine fiction and poetry (and some things in between), discussing how we as readers react to writing and how writers achieve those effects. To develop original writing, students will respond to writing prompts, give and receive feedback in class workshops, and meet with their instructor in one-on-one conferences to talk about potential revisions. This course will center on growth: no matter how much our students know about writing when they enter, they will learn more about craft when they leave. This course will culminate in a revised portfolio of students’ favorite written pieces, along with a few reflections on how they can carry what they have learned into their future writing.

Beyond the Physical Realm: Virtual and Augmented Reality

Go beyond reality! Students in the Virtual and Augmented Reality course will have the chance to explore the cutting edge of technology as it seeks to entertain, educate, and explore far beyond what we see around us. Students will learn the concepts and underlying technology that goes into VR/AR content, its possibilities, and the myriad of ways it can be applied in both practical and theoretical fields. They will learn how VR/AR works at the psychological level to pull them into a world of someone else’s (or their own) making. Learn how to prepare for future education and careers in VR/AR technology, and wrap it all up by working with a group to plan out and propose their own virtual or augmented reality app!

Sports Medicine

This course will explore what makes a great athlete on a holistic level. Learn about the underlying physiology, anatomy, nutrition, sport psychology, motor skills, strength and conditioning, and biomechanics that we see on the athletic field. This class also will explore working with special populations and learn about adapted physical activity that is inclusive to different types of athletes of all ages. Campers will get to interview a panel of sports medicine professionals at UGA, perform exercise testing and interpret results, learn sideline assessments for sport-related injuries, and design a week-long research project where they will use lab techniques and evidence-based scientific literature to answer their specific research question.

Criminal Law and Mock Trial

This course provides an introduction to criminal law and mock trials. This course’s primary goal is to introduce criminal law and mock trial to students in order to give them a basis to understand the criminal justice system. Students will demonstrate a mastery of the origin, nature, and purpose of the legal basis of criminal procedures in the courtroom. During the course, the students will raise their awareness of the breath of career opportunities available in the criminal justice system as well as the legal profession. By the end of this course, students should have acquired a knowledge of the policies and basic rules of criminal law and mock trial, know how to interpret policy, present facts orally, and make case arguments in a professional manner. Students will achieve these goals throughout the two weeks and conduct a mock trial of a fictional civil or criminal case at the end of the session.

Disease Detectives: Introduction to Microbiology and Epidemiology

Interested in science, medicine, microbiology, and public health? This class will introduce our students to the amazing world of microbiology in the context of the environment, human biology, and public health. In this course, students will learn to identify and describe microbes that cause infectious diseases; describe and sketch how microbes can move from person-to-person and through the environment; propose interventions to prevent future infections; solve mysterious cases of disease; and analyze epidemiological data to investigate disease outbreaks. This course will provide case studies related to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and we will examine real-world data collected by researchers at The University of Georgia.


Have you ever wanted to build a machine that could clean your room, cut the grass, brush your teeth, play you a wake-up melody in the morning, or maybe just give you a high five? This course will explore the ways that machines interpret the outside world and react to it. 

Through electrical engineering,  computer science, creative design practices, and a healthy dose of experimentation and failure we will build machines that move, make music, draw, and learn about the world. Throughout the course, students will learn concepts in electronics design, microcontroller programming, rapid prototyping and fabrication and design thinking. 

Students will work with their own ideas and move from concept to actual prototype, building a machine from the ground up.  Along the way, we will breathe life into old electronics like vintage stereos and video game controllers as a novel way to interact with the machine world. Class will start with an introductory project where students create an interactive machine using sensors and motors that responds to feedback. Students will build upon those concepts to create their own robots that perform simple tasks, no matter how mundane or ‘useless’, and put them all together to replicate “a day in the life of a human.”


How does brain development affect perception, judgment, and decision-making? Understanding the intersection and interaction of the human brain and behavior is at the heart of neuropsychology. Study the physiology of the brain and cognitive functions that affect behavior. Investigate how the brain works by also considering neuroscientific, philosophical, neurological, and psychiatric perspectives.

The Young and Successful: Entrepreneurship Workshop

What does it take to “make it” in the world of business? How do start-ups work? What types of businesses do people need from both local and global perspectives? In this course, students will learn the nuances of organization, leadership, branding, marketing, team-building, financial decision-making, and more through the lens of entrepreneurship. Students will develop their own business plans through the course of the program and leave with a unique understanding of business leadership and how to start their own companies.

General Schedule

Sunday, July 11  - Arrival Day

Monday, 7/12-Friday, 7/16, M-F, 7/19-7/23

*Times subject to change

8am-8:45am  Breakfast

9am-noon  Class

noon-1pm  Lunch


1pm-4pm  Class

4pm-5:30pm  Free time

5:30pm-6:30pm  Dinner


6:30pm-8:30pm  Residential Activities

8:30pm-9:30pm  RC group time

9:30pm-10:30pm  Free time/quiet time

10:30pm  Lights out


Saturday, 7/17, 7/24

8am-8:45  Breakfast

9am-noon  Class

noon-1pm  Lunch

1pm-4pm  Residential activites

4pm-5:30pm  Free Time

5:30pm-6:30pm  Dinner

6:30pm-9:30pm  Saturday Evening Event

9:30pm-10:30pm  Free time/quiet time

10:30pm  Lights out


Sunday, 7/18

8am-8:45  Breakfast

9am-noon  Free time (inc. opportunities to attend religious services)

noon-1pm  Lunch

1pm-4pm  Residential activites

4pm-5:30pm  Free Time

5:30pm-6:30pm  Dinner

6:30pm-9:30pm  Sunday Movie Night

9:30pm-10:30pm  Free time/quiet time

10:30pm  Lights out


Sunday 7/25

Check-out day


Tuition and Fee Schedule

Total tuition for the program is $2300, which includes room, board, classroom supply fees, and most program-associated recreational activity costs. The fee schedule is:

  • Application fee, nonrefundable: $50, due with application submission
  • First payment: $450, due by June 10th
  • Second payment: $900, due by June 20th
  • Final payment: $900, due by July 5th


Health and Safety Statement

The safety of our staff and students is our first priority, and we will take all necessary precautions dictated by CDC and UGA guidelines based on the status of the coronavirus pandemic. If the public health situation is not safe enough for an in-person camp, we will be providing our courses online for our students.

We are accepting application through June 6th! Apply Now to secure a spot!

Apply here: Creative Scholars Program application

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