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Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Science Academy is an exciting five-day summer camp that equips students interested in science careers. The camp provides numerous hands-on activities in a university laboratory from a variety of scientific disciplines (molecular biology, human physiology, exercise science and forensic science), visits to numerous local science-related businesses (Rutherford Regional Hospital, Cohesion Phenomics DNA lab and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Forensics Department) as well as interactions with various university departments (nursing, exercise science, university police, and admissions). Students interested in pursuing a degree or career in science are encouraged to apply to this camp.

Typical Day at the Academy

  • 9 a.m. - Announcements
  • Biotechnology activity (DNA gel electrophoresis, Restriction Enzymes, DNA fingerprinting…)
  • Forensics activity (fingerprint analysis, forensic entomology, footprint analysis, blood spatter analysis, and hair analysis)
  • Human Physiology activity (grip strength, muscle fatigue, vertical jump, and body composition)
  • Lunch
  • Guest speaker (campus police - breathalyzer test) or
  • Tour with activities (Rutherford Regional Medical Center, Rutherford County Sheriff's Forensics Department, & Cohesion Phenomics)
  • 4 p.m. - Closing

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Student Feedback

“It is an amazing experience for anyone who has interest in science. This program is incredibly educational and is a great opportunity to expand knowledge of the many possible careers in science.” -Katie Beam (2016)

“This camp gave me the opportunity to experience things that most other high school students are unable to. We were able to participate in activities that worked our minds and sparked our imagination.” -Gabriella Day (2016)

"The hands-on-activities were the most interesting science experiences I have ever had" - Katelyn Sears (2016)


This camp costs approximately $400 per student, but due to a generous grant from the Stonecutter Foundation, students only pay $50.

Student Applications

  • Download the Application
  • Students who are entering 9-12 grade and live in the Rutherford County area
  • Students interested in any science career
  • Space is limited to only 12 students


Jay Zimmer, Biology Instructor
Gardner-Webb University

Nick Longerbeam, Biology Teacher Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy