Can’t wait for summer to unfold?

Check out Ranken’s virtual Summer Adventure Academies for rising middle and high school students! Students get fun, hands-on experiences with technology, and learn about career paths in technical industries. This program encourages middle and high school students to complete high school and further their education in a STEM-related discipline and ultimately join the technical workforce in their community by earning a STEM degree. More than 2,000 students have participated in the program since 2010.

For more information, contact: Barbara Bragg at [email protected] or (314) 286-4822

Monday through Friday, July 12-16, 2021, 9AM – 3PM

 Designed for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students

 Minecraft Modding with Java Coding – Using Java code, add personalized, modded flair to create your own Minecraft maps and games. Practice Java coding fundamentals and game design to create mods and maps to share with friends.
Online Course Requirements: Mac or Windows PC only, Minecraft Java Edition, WebCam, and a Stable internet connection with access to Zoom Video Conferencing.

Designed for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students

Scratch Programming – using the Scratch programming language. Scratch will run in most current web browsers on desktop or laptop computers.  Please be aware that Scratch has limited capabilities on tablets and does not work at all on cell phones. Students will learn the fundamentals of how to load Scratch onto their machines and create Scratch programming.

Designed for rising 9th and 10th grade female students

Women in Engineering – Experience the fun and excitement of solving engineering challenges with like-minded young women. Discover how to use your unique talents to find satisfaction in engineering. Young women in this camp will learn what an engineer is and does and discuss engineering careers and the increasing role and importance of women in engineering and STEM.

Designed for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students

Adventures in Architecture ar·chi·tec·ture – the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. In light of our conversion to a virtual format, we will be learning using Zoom and other hands-on activities to explore the world of architecture using a vast assortment of competencies including art, sketching, modeling, designing, and building.


Monday through Friday, July 19-23, 2021, 9AM – 3PM

 Designed for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students

Website Design – Students will engage in the popular fundamentals of web design and create their own website to present on the world wide web! Students will participate in interactive web activities using the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML/HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS/CSS3), JavaScript, and the drag-and-drop Mobirise website builder. Ultimately they will structure layouts, create site navigation, and publish their website to a server where others can view it.


Questions? Contact Us!

For more information, contact:

Barbara Bragg
[email protected]
(314) 286-4822

Please note: registration fees are non-refundable.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1104090. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.