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Course Information & Sessions

Summer 2021 Sessions

YAP is BACK for 2021! We are thrilled to continue our traditional weeks of camp with extra health and safety precautions put in place.

Our official schedule is listed below. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are pending final confirmation from their respective professors due to COVID restrictions. Students interested in one of these courses are encouraged to join the wait list of an additional class as a back-up option.

In order to maintain adaptability and flexibility with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, registration for YAP 2021 will take part in 2 phases:
Phase 1 – students may sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis to be placed on the wait list for the course of their choosing. There is NO deposit necessary for phase 1 of registration.
Phase 2 – beginning on April 1st, families will be contacted in the order of their wait list position to make their $649 deposit payment and claim their spot in their respective class.

Our deposit-free registration window will open from March 1st to April 1st,.

Students may join the wait list for multiple courses, but each camper is only allowed to enroll in one course per year. All of our traditional courses are located in College Station and are offered during the following dates:

YAP A: July 11-16 (for rising 6th-8th graders)
Architecture *
Law School
VizKids: Animation

YAP B: July 18-23 (for rising 8th-11th graders)
Health Sciences
Veterinary Medicine

YAP C: July 25-30 (for rising 9th-College Freshman)
Bio/Nano Technology
Mechanical Engineering
VizKids: 3D Forms and Sound Design
Attending Texas A&M – for rising 11th & 12th graders

Rising 6th-12th graders

Ready to join us?

Register today!

Course Information

Architecture (YAP A) *

Participants enrolled in this course will work closely with university faculty to gain an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals associated with careers in the field of Architecture. The program will immerse students into a design studio environment that mimics those required of students in the College of Architecture. Specially selected class projects will focus on people, places and spaces. Students will produce two- dimensional representations and three-dimensional models to better understand architectural design processes leading to the formulation of innovative and creative of ideas. Teams of students will design a 3D model of a “light tower” exploring form, space, materials and light. This beacon will beckon students to
explore architecture as a career goal while illuminating opportunities the profession provides.

Law School (YAP A)

Have a “sustained” interest in attending law school? In this class, you will take a case from the beginning all the way through the trial in front of a real judge in a courtroom! Students will learn the rules of evidence and criminal trial procedures as well as the substantive law applicable to your case. You’ll learn about the rules of professional responsibility required of ethical lawyers. Finally, be “briefed” on how to construct opening and closing arguments, interview and cross-examine witnesses, and tell a persuasive story to the jury. The verdict is in … through participating in this class, it will be “plaintiff” see if you have what it takes to be a trial lawyer!

VizKids: Animation (YAP A) *

The VizKids: Animation course will provide students with experience with storytelling through animation giving students a “bit” of a look at what working at Pixar is all about. Using a variety of media, including hand-drawn and computer software, students will work individually and as part of small teams to develop animated shorts. They’ll learn how to create expressive character movement, stage cameras, convey emotion through timing and posing. Campers are not required to have past experience with technology or design, but will be expected to embrace both traditional and computer enabled processes.

Entrepreneurship (YAP B)

Want to learn what the “big idea” is with Entrepreneurship? Learn about business by doing business with your own lean startup in just five days. Startup Aggieland staff will introduce students to principles of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship towards learning the lean startup methodology for developing businesses and products. You’ll learn the basics of creating an innovative product using consumer driven design principles. Think you could swim with the sharks in the tank? Participants will hone their presentation skills and pitch potential investors with guidance from Startup Aggieland’s network of mentors and student entrepreneurs. Through this class you’ll learn how to launch a new venture, validate your market, and discover ways that you can explore entrepreneurship on your own. Have fun learning how to make your ideas stand out by “Starting Up!”

Health Sciences (YAP B)

Using the high-tech facilities at Texas A&M’s Health Science Center, students will be immersed in a simulated medical environment through specially designed laboratories and demonstrations. Learn basic surgical skills including suturing and stitching. Practice starting an IV and taking blood on synthetic limbs. Learn anatomy to properly read and analyze x-rays. Take vitals and work on your bedside manner as you diagnose and treat a robot patient who will voice their symptoms and complaints. All instruction is geared to give a real-life and hands-on glimpse into the field of medicine. This is your opportunity to determine if a career in medicine is right for you!

Imagineering (YAP B)

True to the automated and animated world created by Disney Imagineers, students will follow the Imagineering Process to plan a theme park attraction from ideation to construction. Drawing from concepts from Disney Research, students will take off on a flight of passage to explore a career that uses scientific and technological innovation to enhance entertainment. Working together in small teams, students will learn how to fabricate systems that utilize Optics, Robotics, Automation, 3D Printing, and other emerging STEM technologies. Students will document and combine their efforts to prototype a ride, while applying concepts from the growing field of Human-Computer Interaction to speculate how the explored emerging technologies may impact theme parks and society. Students will practice the creative, technical, and communicative skills needed to design their own Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and Imagineer their future in this field!

Mechanochemistry (YAP B)

Mechanochemistry: the coupling of Mechanical and Chemical phenomena. In this “smashing” course, students will get a closer (microscopic) look at the chemistry behind particle collision. When most people think about doing chemistry, they often picture a scientist mixing solutions, or heating things over a flame to cause them to react, but it turns out that another way to make molecules react is to dramatically crush them together! This type of chemistry is called Mechano-chemistry, where the application of mechanical force can be used to drive chemical reactions without adding heat, and without the use of toxic solvents, making it a more efficient and safer way to create new materials. Students will learn how to “use the force” to make chemistry happen and will gain hands on experience with the equipment used for carrying out and studying Mechanochemical reactions ranging from simple mechanical mills to advanced microscopes, such as atomic force and confocal fluorescence microscopes, that allow us to see how molecules change when we “put the hammer down.”

Veterinary Medicine (YAP B)

This program will introduce participants to what it takes to get into vet school, what it’s like once you are in, and what career options you have once you get out. Get a closer look at radiology, see if you can handle herpetology, and get a gut feeling about parasitology fields. Ruminate whether you can stomach a stomach as you get hands-on (and even hands-in) experience with large animals. Sew up your interest in the field by completing a small animal surgery using plush pets as patients. If you love learning about creatures that slither, crawl, bounce, and pounce, this class is for you!

Attending Texas A&M University (YAP C)

Is it your desire to attend Texas A&M? Want to spend Saturday sawing ’em off at Kyle Field? Want to stroll through campus saying “Howdy” to your fellow Aggies? Dreamed about participating in traditions from Midnight Yell to Muster? If so, this class will help you meet your goal of getting into one of the preeminent universities in Texas and the most prestigious school in the SEC. Especially designed for rising 11th and 12th graders beginning the college application process, this course is structured to educate and equip students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance their college readiness level and plan and prepare for entrance into higher education. This high-impact college readiness course includes: customized writing workshops; assistance in the development of resumes and generation of responses to the “Apply Texas” college application essays; personalized meetings with undergraduate academic advisors from several colleges on the TAMU campus; scholarship information; and in-depth camp activities and events that help students experience the “overall” Spirit of Aggieland.

Bio/Nano Technologies (YAP C)

Have you wondered how companies like 23andMe or ancestryDNA can tell you the “story” of your DNA using only your saliva? Did you “Marvel” at the technology behind “Ant Man?” This special, hybrid class is designed to expose students to BOTH the modern world of Biotechnology AND the microscopic world of Nanotechnology.  Through specially designed laboratories and demonstrations, participants will be introduced to the scientific principles behind cutting-edge technologies, including genetic profiling, molecular imaging, matter manipulation, DNA technology, and nanostructure construction all while obtaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. This course goes far beyond what can be learned in traditional teaching laboratories and highlights the exciting aspects of a career in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology related fields.

Forensics (YAP C)

True to the nature of the forensics fields, students will learn to use anthropological, biological, chemical, and mechanical procedures to analyze a crime scene and determine the nature and cause of a crime. Trace evidence collection procedures (dusting for prints, shoe tread and type, document analysis, etc.) will be combined with advanced criminal techniques (blood splatter analysis, black light technology) to help students work on a crime scene where students must piece together the evidence and crack the case!

Mechanical Engineering (YAP C)

This class will give students a Dwight “Look” into the College of Engineering here at Texas A&M University. Explore the systems design process and see your creations come to life through brainstorming, collaborative sketching, and 3D modeling. Learn the principles of reverse engineering as you build up your visualization skills. Get your mind in gear with hardware and software development to perform mechanical tasks.  Explore virtual elements of design in the state of the art Fischer Engineering Design Center and end the week with autonomous vehicles to see if your interests are “steered” towards automotive engineering.  This class allows students to “plug” into a variety of fields to see if they “spark” an interest in Mechanical Engineering as a career!

VizKids: 3D Forms and Sound Design (YAP C)

This course will introduce students to the tools and concepts used to create motion graphics and sound effects using node based, algorithmic programming. Students will gain the experience of creating abstract animations using visual programing and generative geometry and sound as a way of making artistic expressions. Short lectures everyday will include technical demonstrations and examples of professional designers from industries such as graphic design and branding, industrial design, and cinema and motion graphics.