JBU Scholar's Academy

Summer Day Camp for Kids

The JBU Scholar’s Academy is a summer day camp designed for students who have completed 2nd–8th grades.

Three tracks are available based on academic level:


3rd and 4th grade 

5th and 6th grade 

7th and 8th grade

Students are welcome to participate in both weeks or just one week. Take a look at the available courses below. There are multiple options for each track during both sessions.

Questions?

Contact Curtis Cunningham, Scholars Academy Director, at cjcunningham@jbu.edu

Register Here!

Dates

Monday, June 6 – Friday, June 10
Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15

Time

9:00 am – 12:00 pm (snacks provided)

Location

Various locations on the JBU Campus in Siloam Springs (campus map)

Cost

$100.00/student for each week (registration limited to 20 students in each class)

(Payable online or via check written to John Brown University)

Pay online here after registering

 

Course Descriptions

3rd and 4th Grade

Where in the world is...? (June and July)

Have you ever wondered where in the world are the tallest structures?  From the ancient pyramids of Egypt to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, we will travel through history to learn about the technology and engineering behind the tallest structures of the ancient and modern world. We will finish our week by applying our knowledge of technology and engineering to build our very own tallest structure.

Faculty Bio: My name is Cesia Espinal. I have been at Southside Elementary for 11 years, and have been teaching 4th grade for eight years. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and completed my Master of Science in Special Education with a focus on Gifted Education from Arkansas State University, in 2020. Throughout my teaching career, my focus has been on Mathematics and Science

Full STEAM Ahead with Summer Science! (June and July)

Explore the awesome, and sometimes explosive, worlds of matter and energy. Together, we will conduct chemistry experiments that will rock your mind! We will blow things up, boil things without a flame, create our own bouncy balls, make our own oxygen factory from underwater plants, and more!

Faculty Bio: Mr. Schultz is a 5th-grade teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University and is a graduate of Siloam Springs as well. Though he has taught a combination of literacy and social studies for most of his 11 years, he has also taught science for 3 of those years. He loves creating new ways for students to understand unique phenomena and challenging concepts.


5th and 6th grade

Whodunit? (June and July)

If you like reading mysteries and solving puzzles, you will love this class! Join us as we will delve into the world of forensics and crime scene investigation!  You will learn how to be a real crime scene investigator and forensic scientist as you identify, collect, and examine evidence from a mock crime scene. Learn about search patterns used by real detectives, as well as, how to analyze fingerprints, blood spatter patterns, and how DNA and blood typing can be utilized in the science-based area of investigations to help solve a crime.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Cindy Dunn is a Gifted and Talented Facilitator in the Rogers Public Schools at the middle school level.  With almost 17 years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, high school, and even at the collegiate level, Mrs. Dunn’s favorite place to be is in a classroom full of quirky and inquisitive kids!  She has an M.Ed. in Counseling and is certified in English as a Second Language teacher, as well. She is currently working on a certification in computer science. 

Making It? (June only)

Are you a maker?  Do you enjoy hands-on projects that require creating and designing? Come join us as we tap into our inner makers and create fun and personalized products.  We will use our divergent thinking skills to make a name art project, an upcycle project using found objects, and a variety of other crafts all while incorporating technology, engineering, collaboration, and arts. At the end of the week, we will show off our skills and talent to our friends and family.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Wiseley is the ESOL teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School. She completed her M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  at Arkansas Tech University. Throughout Mrs. Wiseley’s sixteen-year career, her experience has been mainly focused on literacy and language acquisition

Epidemiology (July only)

Plague, mutations, killer bacteria, and even the common cold are on the menu for this class! We will be examining the science of epidemiology through the study of past epidemics, the current medical insights on how to identify and treat these illnesses, and the prognosis for the future of contagious diseases.  Quarantine will begin in 5...4...3...2… This course is taught by Mrs. Jane Keen.

Faculty Bio: Mrs. Keen is a GT Facilitator with Fayetteville Public Schools. She has her M.A.T. in Secondary Social Studies Education along with an endorsement in both Gifted Education and Blended Learning. She loves to learn and has brought that love to her students throughout her 15 years of teaching gifted education and writing. 

7th and 8th grade 

LEGO Mindstorm Space Challenge (June and July)

Have you ever wanted to create your own autonomous robot and send it into space?  Come join us as we spend a week building and programming Lego Mindstorm robots. Course topics will include using proportional relationships to precisely guide your robot, discovering gear ratios to find the optimal balance between speed and torque, and working with various sensors to make your robot “smart”. The week will conclude with a space-themed robotic competition amongst your peers where you will be required to rescue a stranded Mars rover, pick up your astronaut, and deploy a satellite into "deep space".

Faculty Bio: Mr. Perkins is a 6th-grade teacher at Siloam Springs Intermediate School. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at John Brown University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership. He is passionate about building relationships with students and challenging them to go deeper in their academic studies. While most of Mr. Perkins' 11-year education career has been focused on teaching math, he has also taught robotics, coding, literacy, science, and social studies.

Epidemiology (June only) 

Plague, mutations, killer bacteria, and even the common cold are on the menu for this class! We will be examining the science of epidemiology through the study of past epidemics, the current medical insights on how to identify and treat these illnesses, and the prognosis for the future of contagious diseases.  Quarantine will begin in 5...4...3...2… This course is taught by Mrs. Jane Keen.

Faculty BioMrs. Keen is a GT Facilitator with Fayetteville Public Schools. She has her M.A.T. in Secondary Social Studies Education along with an endorsement in both Gifted Education and Blended Learning. She loves to learn and has brought that love to her students throughout her 15 years of teaching gifted education and writing. 

Spanish from Scratch!!! (July only)

¡Hola amigos! Come and learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and conversation in a friendly, engaging, and fun way. We will talk, play, sing, and learn Spanish in a fully interactive and practical manner. The course includes the alphabet, basic verb conjugations and vocabulary, numbers, and basic informal conversations. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required! This course is taught by Dr. Iván Iglesias.

Faculty Bio: Dr. Iglesias, a native of Colombia, South America, is an Associate Professor of Spanish at JBU. He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Iglesias teaches all levels of Spanish instruction at JBU including culture, civilization, and literature. His motto is: Make Spanish learning fun!